Boris Becker does not believe there will be any more big shocks today at the French open to follow Roger Federer’s straight sets defeat to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Commenting through Twitter, Becker expressed surprise at the result but was confident nothing similar would be happening in the second set of quarter-final match-ups on Wednesday.
Novak Djokovic takes on the resurgent Tommy Haas on Court Suzanne Longlen, while Rafael Nadal will meet Stanislas Wawrinka on Court Philippe Chatrier – both are expected to get on court some time before 4:00pm.
“Surprise surprise! Tsonga played great and Roger didn't ...My men's pick today is Rafa and Novak going through to semi-final,” said the six-time Grand Slam champion.
Becker’s prediction would mean the world number one and the defending champion meeting in the semi-final for a rematch of last year’s final
Djokovic is not expected to encounter many problems against Haas, despite the 35-year-old German roiling back the years and putting in some performances similar to those when he was world number two over ten years ago.
Meanwhile, Swiss number two Wawrinka will have to overcome the ‘King of Clay’ Nadal having come through a five-set battle with Richard Gasquet in the last 16 that many have labelled the match of the tournament so far.
World number three Federer was out of sorts yesterday against Tsonga and much of his usual vociferous support at Roland Garros was redirected, unsurprisingly, towards the Frenchman once it was clear he was in the ascendancy.
The 28-year-old has often given Federer a run for his money but had not beaten him since the Montreal Masters in 2011.
Their last meeting in the Australian Open quarter-final was a five-set classic that Federer eventually wrapped up.
Perhaps before the match some would have predicted this one going to the wire, but there could hardly have been many tipping such a straightforward win for Tsonga.