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Tsonga Battles Into Third Round; Ferrer Cruises

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Tsonga© Getty ImagesJo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Philipp Kohlschreiber in three sets to advance.

French No. 2 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was made to work hard for his place in the third round of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters on Tuesday, battling past Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 in just under two hours.

Tsonga broke in the final game of the match to clinch victory, having hit 19 winners to 39 unforced errors and won 76 per cent of first serve points. It was the Frenchman’s sixth win in a row over Kohlschreiber, whom he leads 7-1 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head.

"I was tired so it was a bit complicated for me," said Tsonga. "Fortunately I had an early break in the first set and I was able to hold my serve. But I knew it was going to be tough. Then I had this letdown in the second set. I was able to hang in there in the third set, and he ended up letting it go. It's maybe because I practised too much or I didn't manage the amount of effort I made."

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The 28-year-old Tsonga was a semi-finalist at this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay-court tournament last year (l. to Nadal) and seven weeks later went on to reach the semi-finals at Roland Garros (l. to Ferrer).

Sixth seed David Ferrer enjoyed an easier time of it, dismissing France’s Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-0 in 65 minutes. The Spaniard won 73 per cent of his service points and broke Chardy five times to claim his third win over the French this season, following victories at the Australian Open and in Rio de Janeiro.

The 32-year-old Ferrer has a 22-9 record at the Monte-Carlo Country Club, reaching the final in 2011 (l. to Nadal). The Valencia native is bidding to win his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown, having triumphed at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris in 2012 (d. Janowicz).

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