After avoiding a big upset in the French Open’s fourth round to Andreas Seppi, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic has a huge challenge Tuesday against No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for a spot in the semifinals in Paris. Djokovic is a -550 favorite with Tsonga at +375 onBovada’s tennis odds.
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Djokovic, who is looking to become the first player in more than 40 years to hold all four Grand Slam titles simultaneously, completed his third career comeback from two sets down, shaking off 81 unforced errors for a 4-6, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 victory over No. 22 Seppi. It was Djokovic’s 25th straight win in a Grand Slam tournament – he hasn’t lost since falling to Roger Federer in last year’s semifinals of the French Open, which Djokovic has never won.
Tsonga is a Frenchman so he obviously will have the huge fan support. He returned to Roland Garros on Monday and finished off a five-set victory over No. 18 Stanislas Wawrinka. The match had been suspended by darkness the night before. Tsonga led 4-2 in the fifth when play resumed and won 6-4, 7-6 (6), 3-6, 3-6, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals. It’s the farthest Tsonga has advanced in this tournament as he looks for his first-ever Grand Slam title. Tsonga is trying to become the first Frenchman to win any Grand Slam tournament since Yannick Noah at Roland Garros in 1983.
History shows that Tsonga has a legitimate chance of the upset as he is 5-5 all-time vs. Djokovic. The two played a few weeks ago on the clay courts of Rome, with Djokovic winning 7-5, 6-1. That was their first-ever meeting on that surface. Tsonga hasn’t beaten Djokovic since the 2010 Australian Open if you don’t count a walkover in a match last year. The favored result at the book is Djokovic winning in straight sets at 23/20. Tsonga winning in straight sets is the longest shot at 14/1.