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French favourites Tsonga and Monfils win in Bangkok Open

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Latest update : 2008-09-25

At the Bangkok ATP Open, French second-seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Czech Lukas Dlouhy, and fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils won against US player Robert Kendrick.

Second-seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga struggled through a tough opening match to beat Czech Lukas Dlouhy 7-6 3-6 7-6 at the Thailand Open on Wednesday.

Still lacking fitness after undergoing knee surgery three months ago, Tsonga looked jaded throughout the two-hour match but sealed victory with a 7-1 win in a final-set tiebreak.

"It was a very difficult match, I didn't play my best tennis," Tsonga told reporters after winning his second-round encounter.

"I won, that's the main thing, because Lukas was playing some good tennis. It's a good victory for me because I haven't played so much.

"I served well, I was there, I fought, and I won."

Since he reached the final of the Australian Open in January, Tsonga's season has been blighted by injury, causing him to miss the French Open and Wimbledon. He has played only last month's U.S. Open since his knee operation.

Fellow Frenchman and fourth-seed Gael Monfils also progressed after a 6-4 7-6 win over American Robert Kendrick.

The lanky Monfils injured his leg after falling over several times during the match but was pinning his hopes on a speedy recovery.

"I don't feel so good now but we'll see tomorrow," he said. "I played solid and consistent. I broke him early in the match and played ok after that."

In first round matches, Serb Marko Djokovic, younger brother of top-seed Novak, suffered a drubbing on his ATP main draw debut. He was beaten 6-2 6-0 by fifth seed Jarkko Nieminen.

Italian Simone Bolelli saw off Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil 6-3 6-3, Mischa Zverev beat Australia's Robert Smeets 6-4 6-4 and Serb Viktor Troicki advanced after beating Frenchman Fabrice Santoro 7-6 6-2.

Top seed Novak Djokovic, given a bye into the second round, opens his account against German Simon Stadler on Thursday.

Date created : 2008-09-25

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