Roger Federer will be up against Jo- Wilfried Tsonga in the second round of the ATP 500 at Halle on Thursday June 20. The match will be played at 5.30 pm local time (or 4.30 pm BST). You can find the Roger Federer v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga live streaming options, preview and predictions here.
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Roger Federer v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Head to Head
The two players have met 17 times on the ATP circuit with Federer leading the head-to-head 11-6.
Federer Gaining Momentum in Pursuit of Tenth Halle Title
Roger Federer returns to Halle in search of his record 10th title. The Swiss looked close to his 10th title last year, before an inspired performance in the final by Croat Borna Coric put him out in the final set.
Federer began his campaign at Halle against Australian John Millman, who had the better of Federer in the fourth round of the USOpen. Federer had some tight moments where he was pushed by Millman, but came through strong with a 7-6,(7-1),6-2 win.
Federer has had a promising year thus far, with victories at the Dubai Open (ATP 500) and Miami Open (ATP 1000), as well as encouraging performances on clay after a three year break from the surface. The Swiss mentioned that he is pleased with his fitness and form, looking forward to the grass swing of the year.
Federer next plays old rival and Frenchman Jo- Wilfried Tsonga.
Tsonga Looking To Make a Comeback
Jo- Wilfried Tsonga was a regular top ten player and had a career high ranking of number five in 2012. With a big serve and powerful groundstrokes, Tsonga has been a force to reckon with, for most of the decade. He has reached at least the quarter finals of all slams, and been a finalist at the Australian Open in 2008.
In the last two years though, his career has been plagued by injuries resulting in lay-offs from the tour and a drop in ranking and results. He is currently ranked number 77 on the ATP circuit and in the midst of an attempt to revive his presence on the tour.
Tsonga has had some good tournaments in 2019, but not managed to maintain consistency. Having performed well on grass in years past, Tsonga will be looking for some positive results to gain momentum. He played a good opening match here at Halle, beating fellow countryman Benoit Paire in the first round.
Federer v Tsonga Predictions & Tips
It has been an intriguing matchup with Tsonga recording some crucial wins. Tsonga has won the last time these two met, at the 2016 Monte Carlo Masters and at the 2014 Masters in Toronto. Tsonga will also be remembered for his wins against Federer at the 2013 French Open and the 2011 Wimbledon.
That being said, the two players have not met since 2016 and things have changed significantly since. Tsonga has dropped in the rankings, as well as had a mix of injuries and dip in form, and still trying to get back to being consistent on the tour.
Federer, on the other hand has been resurgent since his injury lay off in 2016 and been stronger and more consistent again, playing a limited schedule. Considering their current forms, the surface (grass) and that they are playing at Halle, it looks difficult to envision Tsonga pulling an upset here. Expect a good match between these two rivals, but a straight set win for the Swiss is on the cards.
Tip: Federer to win in straight sets: 4/6 (888Sport)