Tsonga delights locals
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:53
The top-seeded Frenchman came through two difficult tie-breaks in his opening clash to claim a 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (7/5) victory.
Third seed Ivan Ljubicic had a more straightforward passage, the Croatian beating Martin Vassallo Arguello 6-3 6-4.
Germany’s Benjamin Becker, the seventh seed, also progressed with a 6-2 6-2 win over Paolo Lorenzi, with number eight seed Albert Montanes overcoming French veteran Fabrice Santoro 6-4 6-4.
Local favourites Marc Giquel, Arnaud Clement, David Guez and Michael Llodra advanced with straight-set victories, while South Africa’s Kevin Anderson was another first-round winner.