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Tsonga vs Chardy ATP Montpellier Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Tsonga takes on fellow Frenchman, Chardy in Montpellier quarters

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 8 Feb 2019
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Jeremy Chardy is live from Montpellier on Friday, 8 February from 8:45pm local time/ 7:45pm GMT
  • Tsonga leads 3-1 on head-to-head
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga seeks a spot in the Montpellier semi-finals for the fourth time in his career when he takes on fellow Frenchman, Jeremy Chardy on Friday.

Tsonga is taking on a third Frenchman in a row this week, having beaten Ugo Humbert and Gilles Simon in the opening two rounds. The former world No. 5 came from behind to beat Humbert 3-6 7-6 6-4, before moving past Simon 6-2 7-6 in the second round.

Powering down 11 aces; and winning 79% of points behind his first serve and a healthy 62% behind his second deliveries, Tsonga took out Simon in an hour and 34 minutes, stretching him impressive record over his compatriot to 9-3. The 33-year-old raced out to a fast start, winning the first four games en route taking the opening set in half an hour. The second set was more competitive, with Simon jumping out to a 2-0 lead, but Tsonga broke back immediately, before going on to dominate the tie break.

“I'm very happy to win this match. It was something great, at a good level. I hope I will be able to go far in this tournament," Tsonga said after the match.

Tsonga is seeking his second semi-final of the season, having made the last four in the opening week of the year in Brisbane. His other outing this year was at the Australian Open, where he suffered a second-round defeat to Novak Djokovic. Overall, Tsonga is 6-2 for the season, which is better than what he managed last year. The former Australian Open finalist won just five matches last season, but he played only six ATP World Tour events, as he missed seven months of the season due to knee injury and surgery. 

Co-incidentally, his last tournament before that seven-month break was in Montpellier, where he retired hurt after missing two match points in his semi-final against Lucas Pouille. He would not be seen again until September. Will it be a title-winning return to the Open Sud de France for the popular Frenchman?

He's still three matches away from a potential title, the first of which is a quarter final against Jeremy Chardy on Friday.


Jeremy Chardy. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Like Tsonga, Chardy is also seeking his second semi-final of the season, adding to his effort in Brisbane, when he defeated Jan-Lennard Struff, Nick Kyrgios and Yasutaka Uchiyama before falling to Kei Nishikori in the last four.

Following that was an opening round loss to Andreas Seppi in Sydney, and a second round defeat to Alexander Zverev at the Australian Open (he took Zverev to five sets). He's put together consecutive wins for the first time since Brisbane this week in Montpellier, beating Spaniard, Adrian Menendez-Maceiras and 6-1 6-1, and Frenchman, Antoine Hoang 6-3 7-5 in what has so far been an unremarkable draw to get into the quarter finals.

Chardy is looking to reach the semi-finals in Montpellier for the first time, with his previous best performance being a quarter final run in 2017, when he lost to Zverev. The 31-year-old was beaten quite handily by Andrey Rublev in the second round last season.


At that point, Chardy was ranked outside the top 90, but he worked his way back into the top 40 by the end of the year, on the back of a final in s-Hertogenbosch, semi-final at Queen's and Istanbul, and respectable fourth-round showings at Indian Wells and Miami. He also claimed a Challenger title in Surbiton.

Can the world No. 35 beat compatriot, Tsonga in Montpellier on Friday?

Both men have similar strengths- the serve and the forehand, but Tsonga is a bit more explosive, and certainly more athletic, which explains to a degree why he has won three of their four previous matches. The former world No. 5, who is 3-0 in Montpellier quarter finals, looks set to extend that winning record, and reach the Montpellier semis for the fourth time.

 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Jeremy Chardy is live from Montpellier on Friday, 8 February from 8:45pm local time/ 7:45pm GMT

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Tsonga vs Chardy ATP Montpellier Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Tsonga takes on fellow Frenchman, Chardy in Montpellier quarters

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