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Tsonga, Wawrinka Advance At Queen's

The Queen's Club, London, England

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Fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga made a bright start to his Aegon Championships campaign on Wednesday at The Queen’s Club, beating David Goffin 7-6(5), 6-2 to reach the third round. The Frenchman fired nine aces and broke serve twice to prevail in 82 minutes.

Tsonga improved to an 11-4 record at this ATP World Tour 250 grass-court tournament. He finished runner-up in 2011 (l. to Murray) and reached the semi-finals last year, again falling to Andy Murray

“I played a good match,” said Tsonga. “It was difficult at the beginning just to get used to the grass. It was my first match so it's never easy, but for a first match I played a good level. I'm happy with the tennis I played today. I did well in the past here so I expect to go far again.”

Tsonga next will face Australian Marinko Matosevic, who defeated Lukas Lacko 7-6(3), 6-3 in 72 minutes. The No. 60-ranked Matosevic reached the final of the grass-court ATP Challenger Tour event in Nottingham last week and will take on Tsonga for the first time since 2010, when he was beaten for the loss of just four games in Indian Wells.

Top seed Stan Wawrinka reached the third round when his opponent, last week’s Nottingham champion, Marcos Baghdatis, was forced to retire after just five games with a right shoulder injury. "My shoulder was very heavy yesterday,” explained Baghdatis. “I had a small pinch on the shoulder. I went to the physios. They said my whole back was a bit stiff, the muscles are really tired. 

“It's nothing serious. But we need two to three days to work on that and loosen everything up around that spot. It's a pity but that's the way it is. I played six matches in a seven days, I'm not used to that in the past year. Everything's positive. I'm feeling good. It's just a small thing I need to take care of." 

Eighth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov will face Jarkko Nieminen in the third round after edging Denis Istomin 7-6(3), 7-6(7) in one hour and 50 minutes. Nieminen also advanced in two tie-breaks, beating 12th seed Dmitry Tursunov 7-6(3), 7-6(3) in one hour and 40 minutes. 

Sergiy Stakhovsky won back-to-back matches for just the third time this season as he defeated 11th seed Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-4.

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