Tsonga: 'Unlike what people may think, Rafael Nadal is great on grass'

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Tsonga: 'Unlike what people may think, Rafael Nadal is great on grass'

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Ricardas Berankis in straight sets, 7-6 6-3 6-3, to book a third round clash against Rafael Nadal. "Playing on the No. 17 Court again, it brought me good memories. Nice old times! I think it was ten years ago when I played on such a small court.

For once, it was really Wimbledon! People who come and go, guys who shout, making noise. That's really nice because you are experiencing something for the first time in a while. The biggest difference is that the court is much faster than the ones I walked on this year.

It was difficult to have control on that court. Also, I faced a pretty aggressive player who did not really have a clear game plan." On his next match against Nadal, Tsonga added: "It's a great challenge. Unlike what you may think, he is very strong on grass.

The way he reads the game is out of the ordinary, he has an amazing hand... He has all what is needed to play well on grass. He is amazing." Wayne Ferreira had previewed the match won by Nadal over Nick Kyrgios in the second round: "It depends on how Kyrgios pitches up to the court.

Does he care? Does he want to try? Or if he doesn't. So it is really hard to say. It is never possible to say what this guy is going to do. You always know Rafa is going to play his best and be very good but with Kyrgios you never know.

If he did play at his very best he could have the opportunity. But he hasn't really played that well through this year. Hasn't had that many good wins so even if he does play well, I'm not sure he is going to be at the level to beat Nadal.

But you never know. He is talented. He's beaten the likes of Roger, Rafa and Novak. So he has the opportunity it just depends on how he comes out and how much he cares."