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.
The Championships’ venue was growing darker, waiting for a Saturday filled with rain to come to an end. (The outer courts have no lights.) The scheduled play had been delayed for most of the day because of the rain. Those last matches were being frantically conducted into the twilight, trying for some catch up.
Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, Que.) and Milos Raonic (Thornhill, Ont.) have both earned a place in the round of 16 at Wimbledon for the first time in their careers following third-round victories over Andrea Petkovic of Germany and Lukasz Kubot of Poland respectively on a rain-soaked Saturday in London.
The end of a third round match in the women’s competition at The Championships revealed a winner who was a former Wimbledon champ. Even though one of the contestants was Venus Williams who was the champion here five times, today a match delivered an outcome that she didn’t want.
Before the middle Sunday of no play at Wimbledon, the third round will wrap up with what should be a bang on Saturday. Both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are back in action and taking on unseeded opponents. Perhaps the most intriguing matchup pits John Isner against Feliciano Lopez.