An 18-time ATP champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is among five players who have beaten Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray at least 18 times. Jo shares the list with Juan Martin Del Potro, Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych and Dominic Thiem, suffering some heavy losses against the four legends but knowing how to beat them equally well.
Tsonga claimed two Masters 1000 trophies, and his collection of notable titles could have been far richer had he found the way to beat the rivals from the top more often. The former world no. 5 could have been ranked higher, but he is honored to face such strong opponents throughout his career, making his achievements even more valuable.
Tsonga will not compete at the upcoming Australian Open, struggling with an ongoing injury and skipping the season's first Major. Dealing with a lower-back injury, Tsonga decided to finish his 2020 duties in mid-September, hitting the practice court during the off-season and hoping to get back at 100% ahead of 2021.
The Frenchman couldn't score a win in the season behind us, losing to Miomir Kecmanovic in Doha and retiring against Alexei Popyrin in Melbourne, not playing ever since. The ATP Comeback player of the year nominee gained 210 positions on the ATP ranking list in 2019, experiencing a terrible knee injury in Montpellier in February 2018 and dropping out from the top-100 eight months later for the first time in 12 years!
Jo-Wilfried had struggled to find the rhythm once he returned in the season's final weeks, raising his level at the beginning of 2019 to reach the Brisbane semis and claim the Montpellier crown.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga spoke about the greatest rivals from the Big 4.
Tsonga returned into the top-100 following the Bordeaux Challenger and won two matches at Wimbledon, losing to Rafael Nadal in straight sets.
After an early US Open defeat, Tsonga conquered the Cassic Challenger and an ATP title in Metz, securing enough points to crack the top-40 and remain on the recovery course towards the top-20. Jo-Wilfried advanced into the Paris Masters quarter-final to find himself in the top-30 and earn the Comeback player of the year award nomination.
Following a challenging 2020 season, Tsonga is still eager to extend his career and play for notable titles again once he fully recovers. "We have to be honest and say that I would have loved it if all these guys didn't exist.
When you are world no. 5, you would have been close to the top without those legends around. Still, battling against them is also a source of pride. Roger Federer beat me many times, but I beat him too. The same goes for Nadal, Djokovic and Murray. We have played in a crazy strong generation," Jo-Wilfried Tsonga said.