May 29, 2019 / 2:45 AM / 2 months ago

Tennis: Kei Nishikori v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

(Reuters) - A look at the records of Japan’s Kei Nishikori and France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before their second-round match at the French Open on Wednesday (prefix number denotes seeding):

Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - May 27, 2019. France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga gestures during his first round match against Germany's Peter Gojowczyk. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/File Photo

KEI NISHIKORI

Age: 29

ATP Ranking: 7 (Highest ranking: 4)

Grand Slam titles: 0

2018 French Open performance: Fourth round

Best French Open performance: Quarter-finals (2015, 2017)

Nishikori kicked off his French Open campaign with a routine 6-2 6-3 6-4 win over French wildcard Quentin Halys.

In a mixed bag build-up to the tournament, Nishikori reached the semi-finals in Barcelona but suffered early exits in Madrid and Monte Carlo.

JO-WILFRIED TSONGA

Age: 34

ATP Ranking: 82 (Highest ranking: 5)

Grand Slam titles: 0

2018 French Open performance: Did not play

Best French Open performance: Semi-finals (2013, 2015)

Tsonga began his French Open campaign with a 7-6(4) 6-1 4-6 6-3 victory over Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk.

It is the home favourite’s first trip to the second round at Roland Garros since 2016, as he did not not compete here last season and lost in the first round in 2017.

After missing the majority of last season with a knee injury, Tsonga showed signs of rediscovering his best form during his title triumph in in Montpellier in February.

Head-to-head: Nishikori leads 5-3

2016 Tsonga d Nishikori 0-6 6-3 7-6(3) (Paris, hard)

2016 Nishikori d Tsonga 6-4 6-2 6-4 (Australian Open, hard)

2015 Tsonga d Nishikori 6-1 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-3 (Roland Garros, clay)

2014 Nishikori d Tsonga 6-1 4-6 6-4 (Paris, hard)

2013 Nishikori d Tsonga 1-6 7-6(4) 7-6(7) (Paris, hard)

Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - May 26, 2019 France's Quentin Halys reacts during his first round match against Japan's Kei Nishikori REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File Photo

2013 Tsonga d Nishikori 7-6(5) 6-0 (Shanghai, hard)

2012 Nishikori d Tsonga 2-6 6-2 6-1 3-6 6-3 (Australian Open, hard)

2011 Nishikori d Tsonga 6-7(1) 6-4 6-4 (Shanghai, hard)

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris

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