Queen's Club: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga puts behind French Open nightmare, cruises into second round
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga got back on track after his French Open nightmare as the world number 10 eased into the Queen's Club second round with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Adrian Mannarino on Monday.
London: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga got back on track after his French Open nightmare as the world number 10 eased into the Queen's Club second round with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Adrian Mannarino on Monday.
Tsonga's strong start to his grass-court campaign was the perfect way to erase the painful memory of an embarrassing first round exit against unheralded Argentine Renzo Olivo on the clay at Roland Garros.
That was the first time Tsonga had lost in the opening round of a Grand Slam in 35 appearances, but there was no hangover in the west London sunshine as he brushed aside fellow Frenchman Mannarino in just 66 minutes.
Fifth seeded Tsonga, a Queen's runner-up in 2011, won the first set after securing the key break at the end of a marathon sixth game, despite a worrying tumble when he slipped after making a shot behind the baseline.
Shaking off that injury scare, the 32-year-old won seven games in a row and even found time to high-five a ball girl as he avenged his loss to Mannarino in Monte Carlo earlier this year.
Tsonga, who has won titles in Lyon, Marseille and Rotterdam in 2017, will play Gilles Muller or Nikoloz Basilashvili in the second round of the Wimbledon warm-up event.
Tsitispas, who gave up a two-set lead to lose the Roland Garros final to Novak Djokovic last month, went down 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.
The Greek third seed downed American Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4 under the centre court roof at Ariake Tennis Park, where all play on outside courts was delayed an hour by morning drizzle.
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