Pro Tennis Internet Network

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.

Visit Official Tournament Website

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.

Facebook Fans

Search News

© Getty Images


Get Your ATP
Fan Credential

  • Insider News
  • Daily Results
  • Mobile Alerts
  • Ticket Offers

© Copyright 1994 - 2015 ATP Tour, Inc. All Rights Reserved. No part of this site may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any way or by any means (including photocopying, recording or storing it in any medium by electronic means), without the written permission of ATP Tour, Inc.

Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Enable Mobile