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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will continue to cheer beyond the quarterfinals at the 2014 Australian Open.
By the quarterfinals of the 2014 Australian Open, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will have been on quite a roll. Especially since he will have eliminated No. 6 seed and fan favorite Roger Federer.
That's right, the Swiss player.
Tsonga is on top form and the hot, hard courts suit him just fine. He will continue to romp over opponents and then break into his spinning dance over the entire first week in Melbourne. Then he will meet Feliciano Lopez, who has looked equally ship-shape.
This, of course, necessitates that Feliciano Lopez upsets Andy Murray prior to the quarters. Is this reasonable to argue? It is well within reason. Lopez's low, precise groundies and ability to grind out points will work wonders against the Scot. They may, in fact, be just not what the doctor ordered for Murray, whose back remains questionable.
Many are questioning defending Wimbledon champ's claims of feeling comfortable, from experienced pundits to up-and-coming players like Adam Hermann of the United States.
Tsonga, though, is the one causing the top seeds to look over their shoulders, according to abc.net.au.
The Frenchman will just have too much game in the end. It is possible, probable even, that Lopez will take a set. That will be all, though.
What will make this the ideal quarterfinal, then?
The fact that it is a completely unexpected match-up. Writers, pundits and fans will have Federer in the quarters and probably will have him beating Tsonga. Because Federer won't even be around for the Tsonga match, there will automatically be intense interest.
And because many will have Tsonga losing at this stage anyway, more eyes will be on Lopez to perhaps be the one to eliminate him.