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Frenchman Tsonga powers into second round

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Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-09-01

American player and wildcard Chase Buchanan didn't stand a chance against France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, seeded seventh, who defeated the 18-year old 6-0,6-2,6-1 in the first round of the US Open. Tsonga will next play Jarkko Nieminen of Finland.

AFP - France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga got his US Open campaign off to a whirlwind start with a 6-0, 6-2, 6-1 win over American wildcard Chase Buchanan on Tuesday.
  
The 24-year-old from Le Mans failed to get past the third round in his two previous appearances at Flushing Meadows, but he won the boy's title here in 2003 and he is the only player to defeat Roger Federer since May.
  
That came in the quarter-finals at the Montreal Masters, where he won from 1-5 down in the deciding set.
  
Tsonga, seeded seventh, had too much power and ability for the 18-year-old Buchanan, who was given a wildcard on the back of his US under-18 title win earlier this year.
  
The Frenchman, runner-up to Novak Djokovic in the 2008 Australian Open, wrapped up the first set in just 23 minutes and it was the second game of the set before Buchanan opened his account by holding serve.
  
That was but a brief respite for the home player though as Tsonga powered away again losing just two more games as he went through in 78 minutes.
  
Tsonga will next play Jarkko Nieminen of Finland who defeated Fabio Fognini of Italy 7-5, 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 with a quarter-final against Rafael Nadal in prospect further down the line if the seeding goes according to plan.
  
"I didn't know what to expect of him (Buchanan) and I was wary as I remember when I was younger and had his ranking I was convinced I could beat anyone, anytime," he said.
  
"It will be tough against Nieminen as he is just coming back from injury and will be hungry to do well.
  
"But I am in good shape and playing well, so why not"
  
There was unexpected success early in the day for another American when qualifier Jesse Witten, a former collegiate standout, stunned 29th-seeded Russian Igor Andreev 6-4, 6-0, 6-2.
  
The 26-year-old from Florida is more accustomed to playing on the secondary Challenger Tour and he was given little chance of upsetting Andreev who, in last year's fourth round, became just the second player to take Federer to five sets in the course of his 35-match unbeaten streak at Flushing Meadows.
  
But Witten took command from the start against the visibly out-of-sorts Russian and he kept the pressure on throughout.
  
"It's my first ATP victory - it's been a lot of years," he said.
  
"The last couple of weeks I've been playing well and I am not even sure why, but I am just going to roll with it.
  
"I played three qualifiers and I feel comfortable on the outside courts here. I wasn't nervous and that helped me get off to a quick start."
  
Next up for Witten will be the winner of the match between Australian wildcard Carsten Ball and Juan Pablo Brezicki of Argentina.
  
Later in the day, the last two losing finalists in New York, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, are in action.
  
The Serb, who lost to Federer in straight sets in the 2007 final, takes on experienced Croat Ivan Ljubicic, and in the night session Murray, who also lost in straight sets to the Swiss star last year, goes up against Ernests Gulbis of Latvia.

Date created : 2009-09-01

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