Tsonga: 'This year I lost to Djokovic, Medvedev. But I never lost hope'

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Tsonga: 'This year I lost to Djokovic, Medvedev. But I never lost hope'

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga spoke about his great run in Paris. The Frenchman defeated Andrey Rublev, Matteo Berrettini and Jan-Lennard Struff to reach the quarter-finals. "I knew that I was about to get into a winning streak. For some time now I've been playing well.

I just needed to be a bit fitter, a bit of everything. But I knew that things were turning around the way I wanted. The fact that I'm not a seeded player doesn't make things easy. Because as soon as you start, as an opener, you have great players.

Everything goes very fast. When I look back on my season, I lost twice against Medvedev at the beginning of the year. I lost against Djokovic, against Nishikori. I lost against Thiem. These are outstanding players. When I lost other matches, they were very tight matches, and I proved myself worthy every time.

I think this is the logical continuation of my season, and I hope that I will remain fit so as to improve myself, and to be more and more solid." On how playing indoors helps him, Tsonga added: "It's true that this surface suits my game.

It relies upon the serve. I rely on lot on my serve. There's no sun, there's no wind, so that's quite pleasant for me. I can be consistent. Outside, when I'm outdoors, it's more complex. I've had good results outdoors as well, but it's true that the indoors tour suits my game, especially now that I have changed my equipment two, three years ago, and this equipment is more suitable for indoors circuit."