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Tsonga Reaches Third Round in Melbourne

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Tsonga Melbourne 2014© Getty ImagesJo-Wilfried Tsonga advanced to the third round with a win over Thomaz Bellucci on Thursday.

World No. 10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci 7-6(6), 6-4, 6-4 in a second-round match at the Australian Open on Thursday.

The battle took place in Hisense Arena, one of two courts with retractable roofs that allowed match play even with the extreme heat policy in effect. Tsonga, the 2008 Australian Open runner-up (l. to Djokovic), defeated Bellucci in two hours and 15 minutes.

"I think it was really important," said Tsonga about winning the tie-break in the first set. "We didn't know the roof would be closed. It was good for me to win this one in straight sets." The 28-year-old Frenchman also gave a nod to the Australian crowds. "They always give me support, and for me it's a big advantage."

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Tsonga awaits the winner of a match between 18th seed Gilles Simon and Croatia's Marin Cilic.

Vasek Posipsil was forced to withdraw from the Australian Open with a back injury. The Canadian had been due to face Stanislas Wawrinka in his first Grand Slam third-round appearance on Friday.

"It's a really unfortunate injury for me," said Pospisil. "I'm really disappointed to be pulling out. It's my first third round in a Grand Slam. I was excited to do my best and take the opportunity, but unfortunately not able to do so at this time."

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