Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will make his second appearance in the ATP Tour Finals in London this week after ensuring his qualification in Paris-Bercy.

Tsonga has not made the season ending event since his breakthrough year in 2008.

Starting to year at number 13, and at one stage was out to as many as 22, the French number one has moved up to an equal career high of number six after his final appearance in Paris.

Tsonga started the season with a semi final appearance in Doha falling to Roger Federer and fell in the third round of the Australian Open to Alexandr Dolgopolov.

The Frenchman bounced back from his early loss in Melbourne going down to Robin Soderling in the final of Rotterdam before reaching the quarters of Marseille.

From that point Tsonga struggled until he hit the British grass.

He lost his first match at Indian Wells to Xavier Malisse, his second at Miami to Dolgopolov. He also lost in the second to Ivan Ljubicic at Monte Carlo and in Estoril against Pablo Cuervas. He also lost in the third round at Madrid to Robin Soderling. Roger Federer was too strong in the second round in Rome and he went down to the number two Swiss in the third round Roland Garros after leading two sets to love.

Tsonga made it through to the final of the Queen’s Club event going down to Andy Murray but did defeat then world number one Rafael Nadal on the way to the finals. He then fell in the second round of the Eastbourne grass event before making through to the semis of Wimbledon.

Tsonga defeated fellow finalists David Ferrer and Roger Federer, from two sets to love down, on the way to the semi before falling to Novak Djokovic. Djokovic was again his next semi final opponent with the Frenchman again going down to the number one in Montreal.

Tsonga then fell in the second round in Cincinnati before reaching the quarters of the US Open. Tsonga defeated fellow finalist Mardy Fish is the fourth round before succumbing to Federer in the quarters.

Tsonga won his first title of 2011 in Metz defeating Ljubicic in the final before making it to the semi finals in Beijing falling to another London finalist Tomas Berdych.

Kei Nishikori was too strong in Tsonga’s first match at Shanghai before the Frenchman bounced back by taking the title in Vienna defeating Juan Martin del Potro in the final.

Tsonga bounced back after a second round loss in Valencia before bouncing back in Paris. He received a walk over from Novak Djokovic to ensure his place in the eight man field but he can through a tough semi final against John Isner to set up another meeting with Federer, where he went down in straight sets.

Tsonga will again face Federer in the opening match of the World Tour Finals. Federer leads their head to head 6-3 and has won three of their five matches this season. Nadal and Fish are also in Tsonga’s pool. Tsonga also trails Nadal 6-2 in career meetings though the pair are 1-1 this season. Tsonga has only play Fish once, coming away victorious in five sets at the US Open.


About Courtney Rees

Sports media graduate working in online news. This is becoming my sporting outlet

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