• Tsonga cruises in Paris, Simon wins another five-setter

    5/31/13 8:13 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Tsonga cruises in Paris, Simon wins another five-setter Jo-Wilfried Tsonga takes care of fellow Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in straight sets on Friday at Roland Garros. Tsonga is joined in the fourth round by countryman Gilles Simon, a five-set winner over Sam Querrey.

    (6) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. (25) Jeremy Chardy 6-1, 6-2, 7-5

    Tsonga continued to steamroll through his French Open draw by crushing Chardy in hone hour and 42 minutes during third-round action on Friday afternoon. The eighth-ranked Frenchman held all 14 of his service games too book a spot alongside unseeded Serb Viktor Troicki in the last 16.

    Chardy, an even 1-1 against Tsonga heading into this one and a quarterfinalist at the Australian Open, appeared to be out of his league right from the start. The world No. 27 dropped serve twice in each of the first two sets and failed to convert either of his two break chances in the second. Chardy held en route to 5-5 in the third, but it was all but over when he was broken in the 11th game. Tsonga wrapped up the proceedings with sixth ace of the day at 6-5, 40-15. Roland Garros' No. 6 seed has not dropped a single set heading into the second week of action.

    (15) Gilles Simon d. (18) Sam Querrey 2-6, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(2), 6-2

    Simon scored his second five-set win of the fortnight by battling past Querrey in two hours and 53 minutes on Friday evening. The 18th-ranked Frenchman stormed back from two sets down in his opener against Lleyton Hewitt, recovered from a set deficit against Pablo Cuevas on Wednesday, and in this one he trailed Querrey by a set and by two sets to one. Querrey also had an immediate break advantage in the fourth, but he could not seal the deal.

    The 6'6'' American did well to regain some composure after being a break down, himself, late in the fourth set. Nonetheless, he played a disappointing tiebreaker and was pushed to a fifth as a result. It was all Simon in the decider, as the No. 15 seed won nine of 10 second-serve points and capitalized on dismal 37 percent serving by his opponent. Simon finished the comeback in style with his sixth break of the day at 5-2. Next up for Simon, who recorded one fewer total point that his opponent (134-133), is 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer.

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Maybe I am wrong about Tsonga.


Conspirator , 6/1/13 12:29 AM

Tsonga's played really well this week. He will probably be Federer's biggest threat prior to the the final.


tj600 , 6/1/13 1:22 AM

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