“Left Me With Some Pimples”: Tsonga Reveals His Career Changing Defeats Against Novak Djokovic


Tsonga and Djokovic

Joe-Wilfried Tsonga has remained out of the tennis circuit for quite some time now due to his injuries. The French athlete, who was ranked 5 in 2012, has not played a competitive match for a long time.

Remembering his worst defeats in the game, Tsonga revealed that his brutal losses came against world number one, Novak Djokovic. Talking about these matches, Tsonga said that his failure in the 2008 Australian Open final was one of his most difficult losses. 

Tsonga and Djokovic

In addition to this, he said in an interview with GQ, ”The Australian Open final in 2008 is the first. I won five consecutive games against Djokovic after that. But I lost our first game, that final.” 

“There Is No Point In Debating Things That Did Not Happen”- Tsonga

Talking about this match, he said, ”That game left me with some pimples. Winning a Grand Slam was going to change everything. There is no point in debating things that did not happen. But I have the feeling that winning that would have changed my career a lot.”

Additionally, Tsonga’s second match claimed to be one of the most challenging defeat is the 2012 quarter-finals match in Paris.

Tsonga and Djokovic

Talking about this match at Roland Garros, he said, “Roland Garros 2012 quarter-finals. This is one of the most beautiful memories I have on a court. Thanks to the atmosphere in the stadium and my level, which was very good. I would have loved to win that game. I had four match points.”

Additionally, Tsonga is currently 56 in the world rankings. Considering that the Frenchman was under the top 10 globally, he has had a difficult time on the tennis court due to several injuries.

Moreover, he would not play any match in 2020 and could not play in the US Open or the French Open. A golden player at one point in time, Tsonga would like to repeat his game. And start 2021 on a good note.

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