Tsonga downs Shapovalov in a 5 set thriller – AO 18

Jo-Wilfred Tsonga had a resurgent 2017, when he managed to bag 4 titles.

The Frenchman had a lot of issues because of multiple injuries through out his career, which definitely stopped him to reach bigger heights.

He always looked a bit chubby and therefore, his movement never was his best feature. But he is a versatile player that has great weapons and mental strength.

The 32-years old met an in-form Denis Shapovalov in the second round. And it was very hard for Jo to keep up with the teenager in the first set, when Denis chased every ball, returned everything and attacked relentlessly. The Next Gen Superstar was hitting big both forehand and backhand and came to the net whenever an opportunity arise.

The second set started similarly, but Tsonga took advantage of the Canadian’s youth and took his chances to level the match to one set a piece.

The third set was a one-sided affair, as Shapovalov proved to be too fast, powerful and versatile for the Frenchman, which seemed slow and overwhelmed.

But the experience of Tsonga was shown again in a tight 4th set, when he managed to grab the tie-break.

The decisive 5th set started great for Denis, as he raced to a 3-0 lead and served the match at 5-3. But the emotions got the best of the 18 years old and caved in to the pressure, Tsonga breaking back.

What followed next was a demolition, as Shaovalov chocked and couldn’t think straight. Tsonga took 5 games in a row to book a 3rd round ticket, 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5.

This was a very awkward game, as Shapovalov was the better player, but his lack of experience made him choke. This match was won due to the superior mental strength of Tsonga.

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