Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, the No. 5 seed at the French Open, bounced back from an inauspicious start to beat Andrey Kuznetsov, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday. He won't be seeing that same result in all of his future matches, as he is set for a quarterfinal date with Novak Djokovic.
While the quarterfinals are still some time away, the fact that Djokovic is waiting in the near future has to be in the back of Tsonga's mind. Tsonga has never advanced past the fourth round at Roland Garros. He might be able to do that this year, but that will be all for the Frenchman.
It's all but a foregone conclusion that Djokovic is going to power his way though the bracket in Paris, as is customary with the No. 1 seed draw, meet Tsonga in the quarterfinal and power his way through him as well.
Once upon a time, Tsonga had Djokovic's number. That was years ago though, and since April of 2009, Djokovic has won four-of-five matches against Tsonga. Tsonga won four of the first five matches that the two played.
There's something disheartening about having a guy's number and then watching him figure your game out and start to dominate you—even more disheartening than never having his number at all. Since the French Open draw was released, Tsonga must have laid in bed all night thinking about how he will eventually have to meet Djokovic in the quarterfinals.
Djokovic has never won at Roland Garros, and that should scare Tsonga. You know that Djokovic is going to start this tournament like a man possessed and ride his stellar play to a finals date with Rafael Nadal. A man who is looking to complete the career Grand Slam is not a man to be messed with.
Not to mention that Tsonga was walloped by Djokovic at the Italian Open, suffering a 5-7, 1-6 defeat at the hands of the Serbian sensation. Before that, he lost in the third round of the Madrid Open to Alexandr Dolgopolov, so it's safe to say that he's not exactly playing the best tennis we have seen him play.
Djokovic, on the other hand, has reached the finals in three of the last four tournaments he has played. There's no reason to believe that we won't see him do the same in Paris.
But for Djokovic to do that, he has to eliminate Tsonga in the quarterfinals, and that is exactly what will happen.