No spam ever. Unsubscribe in one click. By submitting your email address, you indicate your consent to receiving email marketing messages from us.

Basilashvili vs Tsonga ATP Metz live streaming, preview and tips - Tsonga continues bid for fourth Moselle Open title in quarter-finals

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 20 Sep 2019
  • Nikoloz Basilashvili vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is live from Metz around 7.30pm local time on Friday (6.30pm BST)
  • The pair have split their previous two encounters at one win apiece
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (PA Images)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga continues his quest for a fourth Moselle Open title in Metz on Friday when he faces second seed Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarter-finals.

(geo restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify)

Former top 10 star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga takes on World No. 17 and second seed Nikoloz Basilashvili as the pair square off for a place in the Moselle Open semi-finals in Metz on Friday night.

Tsonga had a slow start to his Metz campaign this week as he dropped the opening set to Pablo Andujar, but after recovering to win the next two sets easily, he enjoyed a straight sets victory over compatriot Pierre-Hugues Herbert to advance into the quarter-finals and improve his Moselle Open record at a stellar 20-4. Tsonga is a three-time champion in Metz, winning his first title in 2011, successfully defending it in 2012 and securing a third crown in 2015, while he was also a runner-up in 2013 and lost to Andy Murray in the quarter-finals on his tournament debut in 2007.

A former World No. 5 and Australian Open runner-up, Tsonga enjoyed the bulk of his career success between 2008 and 2014, reaching multiple Grand Slam semi-finals and quarter-finals and winning two ATP Masters 1000 crowns in Paris (2008) and Canada (2014), beating Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Grigor Dimitrov and Federer on the bounce to win the latter.Tsonga would go on to make the French Open semi-finals in 2015, reach four more major quarter-finals over the next two years and win four ATP titles in Rotterdam, Marseille, Lyon and Antwerp in 2017, but he was restricted to just 12 matches last year after undergoing knee surgery, which resulted in his ranking plummeting to outside the world’s top 250.

However, it didn’t take long for Tsonga to make it back into the top 100, coming into Metz at No. 61 in the world after winning his 17th career title in Montpellier, reaching semi-finals in Brisbane and Marrakech, the quarter-finals in Rotterdam and Lyon and the third round of Wimbledon, while he won the Cassis Open Provence Challenger tournament last week. Can the 34-year-old continue his good run and win an eighth straight match on Friday night?


Nikoloz Basilashvili will certainly be his toughest opponent yet. The Georgian has a solid 8-3 record at the Moselle Open, reaching the semi-finals in 2017 and the quarter-finals last year, where he lost in three sets to Kei Nishikori. Basilashvili has advanced to the Metz quarter-finals for the third straight season this week, enjoying a bye in the opening round before defeating qualifier Yannick Maden in straight sets.

After earning his first ATP wins in 2016 as he became the first Georgian to reach a tour-level final in Kitzbuhel, losing to Paolo Lorenzi, Basilasvhili has made big strides to break into the world’s top 20, scoring a first top 10 win over Tomas Berdych to finish that season and backing that up with a great 2017, where he made a second ATP final in Memphis, claimed another top 10 scalp over Dominic Thiem to make the Sofia semi-finals, which was part of a career-high 25 wins for the year. Basilashvili then took his game to another level in 2018, winning two ATP 500 titles in Hamburg and Beijing, securing the biggest win of his career at the latter as he defeated Juan Martin del Potro, while he also made the fourth round at the U.S Open and third round at the Australian Open. The 27-year-old wasn’t having a great 2019, but he avoided a rankings freefall as he saved two match points against Alexander Zverev en route to successfully defending his Hamburg title to hit a career-high mark of No. 16, but he will soon face more pressure with his Beijing title defence coming up.

Basilashvili and Tsonga have split their previous two meetings, with Tsonga prevailing in Lyon in 2017 and Basilashvili avenging that loss at the same tournament earlier this year. Both players are flashy shotmakers, but with Tsonga healthy and riding a big winning streak into this match, albeit at Challenger level, I’m leaning on the side of the Frenchman to come out on top in front of a home crowd.


Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

Basilashvili vs Tsonga ATP Metz live streaming, preview and tips - Tsonga continues bid for fourth Moselle Open title in quarter-finals

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga continues his quest for a fourth Moselle Open title in Metz on Friday when he faces second seed Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarter-finals.

Read more »

You have unread messages

You have unread messages