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Australian Open : Tsonga beaten by Djokovic

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, former world number 5 today 177th, lost to world number one Novak Djokovic in three sets 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday in Melbourne.

This match was a re-release of the 2008 final, which was won by the Serb. With Tsonga out, there are only two Frenchmen left in the third round of the first Grand Slam competition of the season, Lucas Pouille and Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

The 33-year-old Tsonga was the most dangerous in the second set. He first got the first opportunities for a break, to lead 4-2. Then he tied at 5 games everywhere scoring four straight points while Djokovic was used to win the set. But the 31-year-old Serb immediately resumed his distance and won in just over two hours.

I played a good first set and a half,” said “Djoko”. After that, he played a great game. But rebreaker right after that gave me confidence for the third set.”

Djokovic, in search of a record seventh trophy at the Australian Open, will face Canada’s Denis Shapovalov for a place in the Round of 16.

Tsonga, whose 2018 season was spoiled by his operated and then recalcitrant left knee, was invited to enter the main draw.

Source : AFP


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