Djokovic Rocks Tsonga 6-3 6-1 in Quarterfinal Clash
epa03626478 Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns a shot during his quarterfinal match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California, USA, 15 March 2013. Djokovic won the match. EPA/PAUL BUCK |
Indian Wells, Calif. – It was a clash for about fifteen minutes before the pressure and speed of Djokovic got to Tsonga. The normally energetic and explosive Frenchman was rendered useless today in a match that lasted only 54 minutes.
While Tsonga prides himself on coming to the net, attacking from the baseline, and serving monstrous serves, Djokovic had an answer for everything today. His serves came back and Tsonga was unable to settle into rallies. Djokovic’s ability to stretch and contort his body on the run produced amazing defensive shots that kept Tsonga at bay.
Tsonga morphed into a shadow of himself as he committed numerous errors and looked very out of sorts on both wings. Unable to find his rhythm, he tried very hard to stay in the match but due to his over-trying he simply forced shots and wasn’t able to produce any racket speed on his tremendous forehand. Notch this as a case for happens to many players when they meet an opponent that’s just playing better and more “zoned in”. Tough break for Tsonga but Djokovic, with kinesio taping on his right arm, will be thrilled to have plenty of time to recover for a semifinal encounter with either Murray or del Potro.
Roger Federer has not exactly been dominant at the inaugural TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open, but he has done enough to reach the semifinals. Federer outlasted an in-form Daniel Gimeno-Traver 7-6(3), 6-7(5), 6-3 during quarterfinal action on Friday afternoon.
With the start of the French Open still more than three weeks away, the gamesmanship and psychological maneuvering may have already begun at the top of the men's game, with both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic coach Boris Becker tipping the slumping Rafael Nadal to win a tenth Roland Garros title.