(Reuters) – A look at the records of Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before their second-round match at the Australian Open on Thursday (prefix number denotes seeding):
Tennis – Australian Open – First Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 15, 2019. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts after winning the match against Mitchell Krueger of the U.S. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
ATP Ranking: 1
Grand Slam titles: 14 (Australian Open 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016; French Open 2016; Wimbledon 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018; U.S. Open 2011, 2015, 2018)
2018 Australian Open performance: Fourth round
Best Australian Open performance: Winner (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016)
2019 Australian Open results:
First round: beat Mitchell Krueger (U.S.) 6-3 6-2 6-2
Djokovic needed an elbow surgery in February last year, but after some jarring defeats he returned to the kind of domination he achieved in 2015, winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
The Serb, chasing a record seventh title in Melbourne, holds a 16-6 head-to-head advantage over Tsonga, and has finished victorious in each of their last three encounters.
ATP Ranking: 177
Grand Slam titles: 0
2018 Australian Open performance: Third round
Best Australian Open performance: Runner-up (2008)
2019 Australian Open results:
Tennis – Australian Open – First Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 15, 2019. France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reacts during the match against Slovakia’s Martin Klizan. REUTERS/Aly Song
First round: beat Martin Klizan (Slovakia) 6-4 6-4 7-6(5)
A knee injury forced Tsonga outside the top 200 last season for the first time since 2007 but he started the new year on a positive note, reaching the semi-finals at the Brisbane International.
The Frenchman was at his ruthless best as he finished with 23 aces and 53 winners in his opening round victory over Slovakian Martin Klizan.
Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge
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