No. 6-seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga—the hometown favorite—faces 80th- ranked Ernests Gulbis on Saturday at the French Open. Just two years ago in Paris, Gulbis was a semifinalist and in his career he has been ranked as high as No. 10 in the world. He’s beaten Tsonga in their last two meetings and has the type of explosive game that can give anyone trouble—when he’s on. Here’s a quick comparison of how these two have played in the first two rounds at Roland Garros this year:
As these numbers show, Gulbis has been playing like the former top 10 player he was just a couple of years ago. He is extremely dangerous when his total power game is working and judging from his numbers in the first two rounds, Tsonga will have to weather the storm and make sure he doesn’t go too big and make too many errors while trying to out hit Gulbis.
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