Tsonga rolled again. Andujar was voided. Galan fell apart in the second set and was rained out in the third. Onto the weekend.
The Islanders won another game, continuing their surprise season. I’ll treat that extended success as wonderful distraction from a week with no outright win.
Tsonga continues to play supreme clay court tennis. After serving 71% on first serve in his opening two matches, Tsonga kept that up with four aces and a 67% success rate on getting that serve in. He avoided facing even a single break point again and in turn, broke Sonego three times. Tsonga has also beaten Paire all three times they have played, although they are pretty far in the past. Paire for his part, is also playing exceptional tennis - he dismantled Munar on Friday. This is Paire’s first taste of success in over a year and I find it difficult to parse his musings about Monte Carlo. Is he motivated to win this week now? Or is he willing to take what he has already earned and start his weeks vacation early? I’ll pass on this.
I lean hard to Andujar here. He keeps getting saved by rest days, preserving whatever fuel he has in the tank at 33 years of age. He’s ultra motivated, obviously, he has solid hold/break stats on clay (105% last year), and he is playing great tennis this week. Simon is someone I like to fade or just avoid. Andujar has won both their matches on clay and while Paire looked good on Fridyay, I think Andujar, with some more rest, can make Paire shut it down early. And I get him at plus money.
Houston in the afternoon when JT/Galan completes.
Andujar ml, +100