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Tsonga Sweeps Past Davydenko; Del Potro Survives Scare

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Tsonga© AFP/Getty ImagesJo-Wilfried Tsonga says he can do better in his next match at the Monte-Carlo Country Club.

French No. 1 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga said he can do better despite a strong finish to defeat former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko 7-6(3), 6-2 on Tuesday in the second round of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.

Tsonga, who did not lift a racquet last week after his long trip to Argentina for France’s Davis Cup tie, said, “It was a pretty good start, but I can do better. I got broken from the start. But I did play a solid match and I was able to manage the situation quite well. I'm happy I won because he can be a very dangerous player. He's proven it in the past. If I was able to win, it means I was able also to do something good on the court.”

The 27-year-old Tsonga improved to a 17-5 match record in 2013, highlighted by winning his 10th ATP World Tour title at the Open 13 in Marseille (d. Berdych).

Fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro survived a scare against Alexandr Dolgopolov. The Argentine trailed by a set and a break before fighting back to beat Dolgopolov 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 in just over two hours. Del Potro is making just his third appearance in Monte-Carlo and won a main draw match for the first time. The Tandil native, a runner-up in Indian Wells (l. to Nadal) and winner in Rotterdam (d. Benneteau), has a 17-5 match record on the season.

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Spanish qualifier Albert Montanes battled past France’s Gael Monfils 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 in one hour and 48 minutes. The 32-year-old Montanes claimed just his fifth tour-level win of the season. He went as far as the quarter-finals at the Monte-Carlo Country Club in 2010 (l. to Verdasco).

Last week’s Casablanca runner-up Kevin Anderson maintained his run of form with a 7-5, 7-6(9) victory over Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz. The South African closed out victory in one hour and 48 minutes on his fourth match point, having saved four set points and rallied from a 1-5 deficit in the tie-break.

There were mixed fortunes for last week’s Houston finalists. Winner John Isner made every effort to overcome a very fast turnaround, but was defeated by Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in one hour and 48 minutes. Runner-up, Nicolas Almagro, fared better, coming from a set down to defeat David Goffin 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 in one hour and 41 minutes.

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