Before this match the question was how much David would've left in the tank after yesterday. The answer - enough to save a match point in the second set, turn the match around and eventually beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 in two hours and 18 minutes.
David repeats his so far best result at Indian Wells (from 2008) by reaching the quarterfinal. There, he will meet the second seed Rafael Nadal.
Edit: And that will be on Friday, not tomorrow. (Sorry for that.)
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2.02pm local - after two fairly quick matches, David's is now up next on Court 2.
In today's fourth-round match David gets to meet another player he has only met once before, in a match that took place years ago. But in the case of sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, that one match was a final, at the Paris Masters in 2008. And back then, it was Tsonga, who prevailed and won the title. But although David almost withdrew before that match (as became known only much later) he managed to make it close.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 26 years old by now and ranked #6, won the title at Doha, the first tournament he played this season but he went out early, by his standards, at the Australian Open, where he didn't make it past the fourth round (lost to Kei Nishikori). Afterwards, he played and won two rubbers for France against Canada in the first round of Davis Cup and then (just like Tipsarevic, by the way) reached the semifinal at Marseille and the quarterfinal at Dubai. At Indian Wells, Tsonga's first match in the second round lasted only for five games (then his opponent Llodra retired). Against Radek Stepanek in the third round yesterday, however, Tsonga needed three sets, after losing the first in a tiebreak.
The major problem David had during their only match so far was Tsonga's serve, especially the first but also the second. And Tsonga served spectacularly well that day, it has to be said. Still, much will depend on whether today David can find a way of dealing with his serve or whether on the back of it, Tsonga will be able to overpower David. But the biggest question is of course how much David will have left in the tank after yesterday's match. - We'll find out.