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  • Tsonga gets past Bellucci at London Olympics

    7/30/12 5:44 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Tsonga gets past Bellucci at London Olympics Jo-Wilfried Tsonga survives a tough opener against Thomaz Bellucci on Sunday in London. Tsonga will go up against either Milos Raonic or Tatsuma Ito in the Olympics second round.


    Thomaz Bellucci was dealt two awful draws at the Olympics and he will depart London with no wins to show for his efforts, but he certainly went down swinging. One day after losing in doubles to Bob and Mike Bryan in three thrilling sets, Bellucci fell to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4 during first-round singles action.

    Tsonga did not drop serve the entire way, but Bellucci matched him throughout the opening set. The 40th-ranked Brazilian recovered from a mini-break in the ensuing tiebreaker then converted set point at 6-5 by forcing his opponent into a backhand error.

    One break was enough for Tsonga in each of the final two sets, but the decider was not without drama.

    After surrendering a mere four service points in the second, Tsonga saved three break points in the third to consolidate his lead. Bellucci eventually battled out of a 0-40, triple-match-point hole at 3-5 to stay alive. The underdog had a 15-30 opportunity in the final game, but Tsonga came up with clutch serves and capitalized on match point number four at 40-30 with a diving forehand volley winner.

    The sixth-ranked Frenchman finished with 12 aces and no double-faults while winning 82 percent of his first-serve points. He awaits either Milos Raonic or Tatsuma Ito in the second round.



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this was a highly entertaining match. I would like Jo to make it to the semis at least, but I guess djokovic will be too tough in the quarters.

tj600 , 7/30/12 4:59 PM



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