Tsonga bounces back at Queen's after French Open shock


Tsonga bounces back at Queen's after French Open shock
  1. Tsonga bounces back at Queen's after French Open shock
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    LONDON (Reuters) - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga returned emphatically to winning ways in the Queen's Club Championships in London on Monday, putting his shock first round exit at his home French Open firmly behind…
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LONDON (Reuters) - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga returned emphatically to winning ways in the Queen's Club Championships in London on Monday, putting his shock first round exit at his home French Open firmly behind him.

Tsonga outplayed his compatriot Adrian Mannarino 6-2 6-2 in the opening round of the traditional Wimbledon warm-up event in his first match since suffering a four-set defeat by little-known Argentine Renzo Olivo at Roland Garros.

The loss to the world number 91 Olivo had been particularly disappointing for Tsonga in light of his three-title season during which he also reckoned that becoming a new father had helped provide him with fresh inspiration on court.

Yet even while never needing to find top gear in the sunshine, the two-time Wimbledon semi-finalist demonstrated why he could still be a threat on the grass at 32 as he dismissed the challenge of the man who had beaten him in Monaco in April.

Mannarino, ranked 62 in the world, had started brightly, swapping breaks with Tsonga, but once the world number 10 found rhythm in his groundstrokes and his opponent needed a time-out in the first set for treatment to his back, it proved a straightforward win.

The key game was the marathon eight-deuce sixth in the opening set which finally saw left-hander Mannarino surrender his delivery for a second time after Tsonga had eked out six break points.

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