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  • Tsonga back in action against Lopez

    8/1/12 6:22 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Tsonga back in action against Lopez Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will return to the court one day after outlasting Milos Raonic 25-23 in the third set. Standing in Tsonga's way of the Olympics quarterfinals is Feliciano Lopez.


    At least Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's doubles match got postponed after he defeated Milos Raonic 6-3, 3-6, 25-23 in the second round of the London Olympics on Tuesday evening. But Tsonga will be a busy man again on Wednesday. Prior to doubles he will go up against Feliciano Lopez in third-round singles action.

    The sixth-ranked Frenchman needed three hours and 56 minutes to get past Raonic and improve his awesome 2012 record to 36-13. He also survived a first-round thriller versus Thomaz Bellucci as he prevailed 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4. Tsonga is a two-time semifinalist at Wimbledon, so his hopes for a similar result this time at the All-England Club are still alive.

    Lopez is one of few Spaniards who do their best work on fast surfaces and he is up to more of his old tricks this week. The world No. 29 won a marathon of his own over Dmitry Tursunov (9-7 in the third set) then rolled over Juan Monaco 6-4, 6-4 on Tuesday.

    This is the fourth career meeting between the two competitors and Tsonga is sweeping the head-to-head series 3-0 (1-0 on grass). They most recently faced each other two years ago on the hard courts of Shanghai, where Tsonga won 7-6(4), 6-3.

    Tsonga may be fatigued, but he is used to those kinds of matches at Grand Slams and he should have plenty left in the tank. Plus this will be another matchup featuring big serves and short points. Look for Tsonga to book a quarterfinal spot after three close sets.


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