Join us while we analyze Tsonga's chances in his match against Berdych. Find out our top tennis pick for this match and why should you add it to your betting list.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (9) vs. Tomas Berdych (5)
The 2008 champion, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, started his campaign with a solid performance against Roberto Bautista Agut, dismissing the Spaniard by 6 – 2 6 – 2. The French player was just too good from the baseline, firing 29 winners and only allowing 5 winners from the Spaniard.
Tsonga is always a fearful competitor in French soil with a brilliant 10 – 1 record this year after reaching French Open semifinals and winning ATP Metz. The Indoor Hard Court conditions suit Tsonga’s powerful tennis with the serve and forehand being his biggest weapons.
Despite winning ATP Stockholm last week, Tomas Berdych hasn’t been able to perform at his best in recent months with too many unforced errors on his matches. Berdych is also a former champion on this tournament, after lifting the trophy on his first appearance at 2005.
Tomas showed that inconsistency in his first match against Edouard Roger-Vasselin, needing three sets to overcome that opponent and committing 48 unforced errors. The Czech first serve numbers were also quite poor, placing only 47% of first serve and being broken 4 times.
Berdych leads the h2h 7 – 3 however Tsonga won the two meetings played in France, the last one at French Open this year.
The French crowd is one of the noisiest in the world and Court Central will be full tomorrow to support the home favorite. Tsonga loves the home support and raises his game level while Berdych struggles with adverse environments.
Tsonga’s backhand slice will be crucial to cut the pace of the rallies, not giving pace to Berdych on baseline exchanges. The French likes to use that shot to slow the game and then surprise with a blistering forehand.
The French has a very good price on this match, he’s clearly in better shape and the conditions are also much better for him. With this in mind we’ll add to our tennis picks the value on Tsonga’s tennis odds.
Tennis Pick: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ML (-132) at Pinnacle