Cape Town - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga might just be rediscovering the kind of form that once propelled him to number five in the world.
The 2018 season was as uneventful as any that Tsonga has experienced during his career, having produced an astonishing 5-7 win/loss ratio during the campaign. He was also a ridiculously poor pick for France in the Davis Cup Final against Croatia.
However, he has since had ample opportunity to reflect and subsequently pick up the pieces. His Brisbane International campaign would suggest his career trajectory is now heading in the right direction.
He reached his first quarter-final in 11 months on Thursday, when he beat Japan's Taro Daniel 7-6(5) 6-3. The Frenchman is currently ranked 239 in the world but things might not stay that way for too much longer.
"It was one of my goals to be able to play two matches in a row. Now the new goal is going to be to win three matches in a row and be able to stay healthy," said Tsonga has just returned from a prolonged absence through injury.
"That's most important for me," added Tsonga.
"Of course, I'm really happy for the win, but also really happy to be able to play the next match, too."