• Tsonga thrashes Nieminen, Benneteau to face Federer

    5/29/13 9:20 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Tsonga thrashes Nieminen, Benneteau to face Federer Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rolls over Jarkko Nieminen in straight sets on Wednesday at Roland Garros. Tsonga is joined in the third round by Julien Benneteau, who needed five to ensure a date with Roger Federer.

    (6) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga d. Jarkko Nieminen 7-6(6), 6-4, 6-3

    Tsonga stormed into the third round of the French Open by taking out Nieminen in one hour and 56 minutes on Wednesday afternoon. The Frenchman fired eight aces while double-faulting only once and he held 14 of 15 service game to set up a showdown with compatriot Jeremy Chardy.

    Nieminen, 2-4 lifetime against Tsonga going into this one, was especially competitive in the opener. The in-form Finn forced a tiebreaker after trading one break apiece but he dropped it eight points to six. One break decided the second, during which Tsonga surrendered a mere four points in five service games. Tsonga earned two scalps of the Nieminen serve in the third, the last of which came at 5-3 to wrap up the proceedings in style.

    (30) Julien Benneteau d. Tobias Kamke 7-6(9), 7-5, 5-7, 0-6, 6-4

    Benneteau endured a second straight near-meltdown but he held on to defeat Kamke in three hours and 59 minutes on Wednesday. The 32nd-ranked Frenchman had dismissed Ricardas Berankis two days earlier in a fourth-set tiebreaker, but not before squandering a triple-match-point opportunity on serve in the third. In this one, Benneteau also led two sets to love only to once again drop the third 7-5.

    With momentum suddenly in hand, Kamke surged to a whitewash in the fourth frame of play. The unseeded German continued to perform well in the fifth, but Benneteau had recovered mentally after his walkabout one set earlier. The decisive moment came at 4-4, when the 31-year-old blasted a backhand passing shot to break serve. Benneteau held without too much trouble in the final game to finally cross the finish line. Next up for the winner is familiar foe and 2009 French Open champion Roger Federer.

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Benneteau is not playing his best but he always brings out his best against Fed.

It might be tricky but Roger will prevail in four. Will he be playing tomorrow?

HOPP Roger!

rogerthat , 5/30/13 8:47 PM

Yes Rog is on tomorrow. Excellent!

Should be The Maestro at his finest I expect.

rogerthat , 5/30/13 10:04 PM

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