Tsonga doubtful for Wimbledon after breaking finger in shock Queen's defeat
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is a doubt for Wimbledon after he suffered a suspected broken finger during his shock defeat to Ivan Dodig at the AEGON Championships on Thursday.
The world No 5, who made the last four at SW19 last year, bowed out of the Wimbledon warm-up competition at Queen's today with a 6-7 (3/7) 6-3 6-7 (5/7) loss to world No 69 Dodig.
His disappointment was furthered by the news that he may have broken the little finger on his right hand after slipping in the sixth game of the third set.
'I think it's serious,' said Tsonga, who had his hand placed in an ice-bag during his post-match press conference.
'I will have a scan, but it sounds very bad.
'I felt like I broke something or I strained it when I fell.
'It's only a finger but it's tough because I have to play with my hand.
'At the moment I don't know what is it, but I will stay positive and I will see.'
Tsonga, who reached a career-best quarter-final placing at the French Open earlier this month, was expected to win this tournament after Andy Murray's exit, but Dodig showed remarkable composure to clinch the game and set up a quarter-final meeting with 2010 champion Sam Querrey.
Tsonga's draining French Open campaign looked to have had an effect on him as the second seed moved sluggishly around the court and failed to strike the ball with his customary power and finesse.
The world No 5 five, semi-finalist at Wimbledon last year, also suffered an injury to a finger on his right hand during the disappointing defeat on centre court.
Tsonga started off slowly but earned a break point when Dodig double-faulted during a nervy first service game. The Croatian denied his opponent, however, forcing him on to the backfoot with a good serve and Tsonga went long with a backhand.
Tsonga fired down two consecutive aces in the following game but was still clearly not at his best.
The second seed struggled to get around the court and handed Dodig a break point in the 10th game, but the big Frenchman rescued himself with a thundering ace.
Dodig raced into a 4-0 lead on the tie break after breaking Tsonga's serve twice and, despite a brief comeback, the world No 69 sealed the set by breaking again.
Tsonga smiled, knowing he fully deserved to be behind, and immediately set about equalling the match in the second set.
He took Dodig's first service game to deuce before losing and the Frenchman seemed in much more confident mood than during the first set.
Errors started to creep in to Dodig's game and Tsonga took full advantage, forcing his opponent to find the net and move a break up.
Tsonga then hit a meaty cross-court backhand to break Dodig again and clinch the set in quick time.
Tsonga's game continued to improve but Dodig kept his composure to start the third set comfortably despite a barrage of power strokes from last year's finalist.
Tsonga jarred his little finger after slipping in the sixth game, but the injury did not prevent him from earning three break points.
Dodig remained calm however, and forced down three powerful serves that left his opponent groaning with dismay.
Dodig thought his chance to win the match had gone when he spurned a break point at 5-5, but he got another opportunity in the tie-break and took it, forcing Tsonga on the backfoot and he cleared the baseline under pressure to allow Dodig to record a shock victory.