Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

BUSINESS DAILY

The Tour de France, a PR machine

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Coverage of the third plane crash in one week - from France, Algeria and Burkina Faso

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Coverage of the plane crash that took 116 lives - almost half of them French

Read more

DEBATE

Gaza: A Truce At All Costs?

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Central African Republic: Brazzaville ceasefire talks deliver fragile deal

Read more

FOCUS

Sluggish tourist season in Crimea

Read more

ENCORE!

Bartabas : Mixing Christ with Spanish music and dancing horses

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Shifts in the propaganda war waged between Israelis and Palestinians

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

French MPs face quandary in pro-Palestinian rallies

Read more

  • Live: ‘No survivors’ from Algerian plane crash, says Hollande

    Read more

  • French families grieve for Algerian plane crash victims

    Read more

  • Protest against Gaza offensive turns deadly in West Bank

    Read more

  • Ukraine names acting PM after Yatseniuk's shock resignation

    Read more

  • Deadly strike on UN shelter in Gaza Strip

    Read more

  • Wreckage of Algeria plane found in Mali

    Read more

  • BNP to pay $80 million for defrauding Dept of Agriculture

    Read more

  • Pope meets Christian woman sentenced to death in Sudan

    Read more

  • Air Algérie crash: 'We should eliminate the missile hypothesis'

    Read more

  • Italy’s Nibali cruises to victory in 18th stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • Iraqi parliament elects moderate Kurd as president

    Read more

  • US, European agencies lift travel restrictions to Tel Aviv

    Read more

  • No end to fighting until Israel ends Gaza blockade, Hamas says

    Read more

Tsonga beats Gasquet to reach quarters

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-10-08

Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (photo) beat his compatriot Richard Gasquet on Thursday for a place in the quarter-finals at the Japan Open 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who shocked Juan Martin del Potro in the first round, continues his run.

AFP - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga overcame swirling on-court winds to beat his compatriot Richard Gasquet for a place in the quarter-finals at the Japan Open tennis tournament on Thursday.
   
The 2008 Australian Open finalist and second seed displayed fine reflexes at the net to complete a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win played out as winds from Typhoon Melor lashed the country.
   
Defending champion Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic outclassed Andreas Beck of Germany 6-4, 6-1, while Australian former world number one Lleyton Hewitt eliminated France's Fabrice Santoro 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.
   
Tsonga described the nearly unplayable conditions as "very tough" after his 99-minute second-round match. "I think I served better than (Gasquet). That made the difference," he added.
   
After the two Frenchmen squared the contest at one set all, Gasquet double-faulted on a break point to go 0-1 down in the first game of the final set.
   
In comparison, Tsonga unleashed aces to defend against two break points in the fourth game to increase his lead to 3-1.
   
Tsonga, ranked seventh against Gasquet's 53rd, took a comfortable 0-40 triple break opportunity in the eighth game when a Gasquet backhand pass went wide, before calmly serving out for the match.
   
In the quarter-finals on Friday, he will take on Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis, who defeated Juan Monaco when the Argentine retired at 6-3, 4-1.
   
Another qualifier, Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France, who shocked Juan Martin del Potro in the first round on Tuesday, continued his run by beating Austria's Jurgen Melzer 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 to set up a meeting with Hewitt.
   
Earlier in the day, Hewitt dashed Santoro's first and last visit to Tokyo in one hour 51 minutes.
   
The veteran 36-year-old Frenchman, who is due to retire at the end of the season, watched his one-set advantage dissolve into a three-set loss to the eighth seed.
   
"I've never been in Japan. This year is my last year (on the tour) and I couldn't end my career without coming to Tokyo," said Santoro, ranked 42nd in the world.
   
"I wanted to win the match today and stay here till the weekend."
   
In the last match of the day, Russia's Mikhail Youzhny squeezed through to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (5/7), 6-4 victory over Gilles Simon of France for a place against Berdych.
  

Date created : 2009-10-08

COMMENT(S)