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Tsonga Ready To Rise To The Occasion

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Tsonga© RealisJo-Wilfried Tsonga talks to the media on Monday in Monte-Carlo.

French No. 1 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is ready to rise to the occasion and he starts his most important part of the season at this week’s Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. 

The Le Mans native already has two clay-court victories to his name in 2013, winning both his singles rubbers in France’s 3-2 defeat away to Argentina in the Davis Cup last weekend. He is hopeful that the extra time on clay will be beneficial at the Monte-Carlo Country Club, where he is seeded No. 6 and due to open his campaign against either Daniel Brands or Nikolay Davydenko.

“I will play this tournament with already two matches on clay,” said Tsonga on Monday. “For me, I just need to adapt my game on this surface. It’s a good surface for my game.”

The 27-year-old Tsonga has never reached a clay-court final on the ATP World Tour, but enjoyed his best performance at Roland Garros last year, extending World No. 1 Novak Djokovic to five sets in an enthralling quarter-final. 

As he prepares to embark on what he labels the most important stage of the season, the right-hander is not fazed by the added pressure and focus that will be directed on him.

“It’s the most important part of the season for me, especially because I have to play a Grand Slam in my country,” said Tsonga. “I will use this period to practise a lot, to be ready for Roland Garros. For me, [playing at home] is an extra motivation, because I always like to play under pressure. I always use the crowd to help me during my matches.”

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