Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Andrey Rublev ATP Montpellier tennis Preview, predictions and live stream: Tsonga and Rublev battle for semi-final berth

Leye Aduloju in ATP 9 Feb 2018
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Andrey Rublev is live from Montpellier on Friday, 9 February from 7:00pm local time/ 6:00pm GMT
  • Tsonga and Rublev meet for the first time
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Montpellier at Unibet > sports > live streaming
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Looking to reach the Montpellier semi-finals for the second straight year, home favourite, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga takes on rising Russian star, Andrey Rublev in the quarter finals of the Open Sud de France on Friday.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Andrey Rublev ATP Open Sud de France tennis is live from Montpellier on Friday, 9 February from 7:00pm local time/ 6:00pm GMT 
Watch and bet on tennis live from Montpellier at Unibet > sports > live streaming



As part of a strong European indoor hard-court season in 2017, Tsonga reached the semi-finals in Montpellier, beating Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Daniil Medvedev before falling in three sets to eventual champion, Alexander Zverev. Tsonga would go on to claim indoor titles in Marseille, Rotterdam, Antwerp, while he bagged a runner-up finish in Vienna. While the Frenchman blossomed indoors, he could not quite replicate the same form outdoors, particularly failing in the big tournaments- Grand Slam and Masters 1000 events. 

Tsonga reached the quarter finals at the Australian Open at the start of the year, but he won just three matches at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open combined- including the ignominy of an opening round exit at his home Slam in Paris. Also, he won just one Masters 1000 match all season- in Madrid- and suffered opening round losses at Indian Wells, Monte Carlo, Montreal, Cincinnati and Paris. He did suffer his injury problems though- which explains why some Masters 1000 events are missing on that list, and he skipped the Miami Masters to attend to the birth of his first child. Despite winning four titles in 2017, Tsonga’s failure to perform on the biggest stage cast a huge shadow over his season, but he did close out the year on a glorious note, guiding France to the Davis Cup title.

It has been an interesting start to the season for Tsonga. A third-round exit at the Australian Open doesn’t exactly look good, but on closer scrutiny, he impressed with a dogged come-from-behind five-set victory over Denis Shapovalov in the second round, and fell to Nick Kyrgios in the third round- but not before pushing the Australian very hard in what became an instant contender for match of the tournament.

Tsonga got his Montpellier campaign underway in an unconvincing fashion, requiring three tie breaks to take down Nicolas Mahut in the second round. In a serve-dominated contest featuring no breaks, Tsonga sent down 17 aces, converted 84% of points on his first serve, and 68% on the second to emerge with victory after almost two and a half hours.

Things won’t get any easier for the world number 19, as he takes on young Russian, Andrey Rublev in the quarter finals on Friday.


The impressive Rublev has made a superb start to the year, reaching the final in Doha, and only falling to world number three, Grigor Dimitrov in the third round of the Australian Open. 

Andrey Rublev. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Here he is again stringing together another solid week in Montpellier- he has already taken down seasoned campaigners, Jeremy Chardy and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez without dropping a set, and now, the rising Russian sets his sights on Tsonga. Rublev needed just over an hour to blast out Chardy in the second round, converting four of five break points in a clinical 6-2 6-1 dispatch. 

The 20-year-old is looking to build on a breakthrough 2017, during which he won his first career in Umag, and reached the quarter finals of the US Open, defeating Dimitrov and David Goffin in the process. He also finished runner-up to Hyeon Chung at the inaugural Next Gen ATP finals. 

Rublev’s runner-up finish in Doha earlier in the year lifted him to a career-high 32nd in the world, and while he has since slipped four spots to 36th, he could break into the top 30 for the first time with a strong finish in Montpellier. His next task will be to end the hopes of home favourite Tsonga, by no means an easy one!

Friday’s meeting will be the first between Tsonga and Rublev, as two different generations once again collide! Both men have similar strengths, as they fancy their forehands, and whoever can expose the other’s weaker backhand wing more frequently will most likely carry the day. Rublev is a fearless ball striker, and with his growing confidence, he will take the game to Tsonga, but the Frenchman’s greater experience, far better indoor form, and more consistency on serve should just about get him through this difficult tie. 

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Andrey Rublev is live from Montpellier on Friday, 9 February from 7:00pm local time/ 6:00pm GMT


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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Andrey Rublev ATP Montpellier tennis Preview, predictions and live stream: Tsonga and Rublev battle for semi-final berth

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga seeks back-to-back semi-finals in Montepellier when he plays Andrey Rublev on Friday. Will the Next Gen star take down the experienced Frenchman? Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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