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  • Tsonga wins another thriller over Raonic

    3/14/13 2:29 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Tsonga wins another thriller over Raonic Jo-Wilfried Tsonga overcomes Milos Raonic in three sets on Wednesday in Indian Wells. Tsonga awaits either Novak Djokovic or Sam Querrey in the quarterfinals.

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga scored another hard-fought win at the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday afternoon, overcoming Milos Raonic 4-6, 7-5, 6-4. Tsonga, who also battled to tough wins over James Blake and Mardy Fish (albeit in straight sets), struck seven aces before advancing through the fourth round in one hour and 54 minutes.

    Raonic, who had been outlasted by Tsonga 6-3, 3-6, 25-23 in their only previous encounter at last summer's Olympics, got off to a fast. He fired six aces in the first set without double-faulting and he lost only six points in five service games. As such, one break of his own was enough for Raonic to take the opener.

    Tsonga cruised on serve throughout the second, but he continued to struggle against his opponent's deliveries. Raonic, however, cracked when it mattered most. The 17th-ranked Canadian donated serve for the first time at 5-6 and was pushed to a decider.

    The third progressed in similar fashion, with both players dominating on serve most of the way. Tsonga, in fact, surrendered a mere three points in five service games. That constantly applied pressure on Raonic, who melted down once again while serving to stay alive. Two forehand errors, a missed volley, and a final double-fault ended the proceedings in disappointing fashion.

    "It's not a great feeling right now," the 13th seed admitted. "I sort of had my foot on the pedal and I just let off. It's dangerous, especially against any guy in this group. Obviously the Top 4 will make you pay for it much more, but any guy after that I think it's a really tight group that everybody will make you pay."

    "It was tough," Tsonga assured. "He started the match well. He was serving unbelievable, but I stayed in. I fought a lot and tried to get into a good rhythm to return his serve. Then when I found it, I just played well."

    The eighth-ranked Frenchman awaits wither Novak Djokovic or Sam Querrey in the quarterfinals.



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