Powered leader after the package Richard Gasquet, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will have two goals against Germany: Qualify France and back on their feet.
Jo -Wilfried Tsonga has not had the start of the season he would have liked . No security, no victory over a Top 10 player and one on a Top 20 (Gilles Simon in Melbourne) and some cons – performance suggest that Manceau is still far from his best after three months of competition. If the situation is far from catastrophic , this calls : number two tricolor signed two knockout at the Australian Open and Masters 1000 Indian Wells and lost a final in Marseille where he was winner last year.
Global tenth , here two notches lower in early April. And again, this is his twelfth worst ranking since August 2011 when he pointed the sixteenth largest in the world . No doubt: JWT saw one of its worst seasons since its outbreak in 2008. A Nancy this week, Manceau will have the opportunity to bring this first record in parentheses with the France team that faces Germany in the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup . Powered number one Arnaud Clement formation in the absence of Richard Gasquet, hit back, Tsonga takes his role with both hands , who is one of the most trusted lieutenants of the Blues in this competition.
Tsonga – Escude – Ascione , A Trio That ‘s Hard To Take Off
After a change of structure at the end of last season , the former finalist of the Australian Open is always seeking the right balance. It is now flanked by Nicolas Escude and Thierry Ascione , who also accompanied Nicolas Mahut and take turns alongside Tsonga on the circuit. A choice that , for the moment, a lot of trouble finding credibility to the results that this trio . The clock is ticking and JWT , which still shows cravings Grand Slam victories in 28 years, has not that much. While it is true that rush or change now probably would not help things …
If setbacks facing lower ranked players (like Julien Benneteau input Ernests Gulbis in Miami or final Marseille ) could worry his clan , it is dry two defeats to Federer and Berdych in Melbourne to Dubai, which mark a regression, standing on a French victory over them at the back this season. You could say the same of his side against Murray in Miami , the Scot is still far from his best in this season , but with nine losses in ten games against the current eighth World , Manceau has always struggled to play well in front of him .
Despite these problems , Captain Arnaud Clement should logically put forward this weekend , although the quarter-finals should not be a problem too , at least on paper. Because, despite a busy schedule , the French need to play for reassurance. With 18 wins in 21 matches played in the Davis Cup , it is he who should lead the Blues to the semi -finals.
When I Play For Others, I Surpasses
” I love the competition, has released an enthusiastic Tsonga in the Republic Lorraine this week. Something else insofar as I do not play for me. On the circuit , we have moods that prevent you to give the best of yourself , but when I play for others I surpasses . I am always better, it motivates me because it is more attractive . “
I must say that if the quarter-finals are going well, the semi-finals then play the semi-finals in France if the Czech Republic, defending champion eliminates Kei Nishikori of Japan private and possibly Switzerland and Federer Wawrinka in the final, again in France … what find more motivation in the Davis Cup on the circuit this year.
The Germans, who are on six-game losing streak against the French since 1953, should oppose little resistance with Jan-Lennard Struff (93rd worldwide) and Tobias Kamke (96th) in German spearheads instead of Haas, Kohlschreiber or Mayer, all absent through injury. This will not oppositions prestige, but at least matches that could allow the French to recharge the batteries before tackling heavier later.