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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - Julien Benneteau Live

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Nationality Player Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5
FranceJ Tsonga647--
FranceJ Benneteau266--

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  1. - - TSONGA 6-2 4-6 7-6(2) - Another forehand error from Benneteau hands Tsonga four match points ... although only one is needed as another ground-stroke goes astray from the 30-year-old. TSONGA IS THROUGH TO THE THIRD ROUND in (two hours and 24 minutes) where he will face one of two Spaniards - either Albert Ramos or Nicolas Almagro. Men's drawsheet

  2. - - TSONGA 6-2 4-6 6-6(4-2) - TIE-BREAK! Tsonga grabs the mini-break lead just before the change of ends, with a vicious forehand down the line that Benneteau can only return into the net

  3. - - TSONGA 6-2 4-6 6-6 - Benneteau is clearly still fuming as he steps out to serve to stay in this match for a second time. But he harnesses thah anger and uses it to great affect sa he races through a love service hold to force the tie-break

  4. - - TSONGA 6-2 4-6 6-5 - A spot of controversy as Benneteau sends a forehand return of serve into the net as the serve is called out. Tsonga challenges it and the ball is shown to be in. Umpire Mohamed Lahyani calls it as Tsonga's game, on account of Benneteau hitting into the net, but the 30-year-old is furious. He believes they should replay the point but by the letter of the law, it's a judgement call for the umpire whether the out call affected Benneteau's return and he doesn't believe it did

  5. - - TSONGA 6-2 4-6 5-5 - All credit to Benneteau as not only did he escape and break back at the last minute but he also recovers his nerve enough to hold to stay in the match and we are back all square again

  6. - - TSONGA 6-2 4-6 5-4 - BREAK! A brilliant attack on the second serve from Benneteau sees him sneak ahead at 15-30 before a forehand into the net from Tsonga hands Benneteau two immediate break back points. The first goes begging on a winner from Tsonga but the 30-year-old does break back on the second with a forehand winner down the line

  7. - - TSONGA 6-2 4-6 5-3 - BREAK! Ouch. Benneteau throws in a shockingly poor game, with a couple of forehands spayed miles wide, to hand Tsonga three break points. Benneteau saves the first with a gutsy second serve ace. But he can do nothing about the second and Tsonga does get the break that will allow him to serve for the match

  8. - - TSONGA 6-2 4-6 4-3 - Still Tsonga remains strong on serve as he races through another hold. He has not lost a single point on serve in this set when he's got his first serve in. He needs to achieve more against serve though if he is to take this match

  9. - - TSONGA 6-2 4-6 3-3 - Tsonga does all the hard work to get Benneteau on the back-foot and work his way into the net, only to put his backhand volley wide into the tramlines and help his opponent get the final point he needed to hold

  10. - - TSONGA 6-2 4-6 3-2 - Bish, bash, bosh! Tsonga cruises through a love service hold to once again sneak out in front. Not much to report against serve so far in this set

  11. - - TSONGA 6-2 4-6 2-2 - Tsonga goes for a barn-storming forehand return but ends up belting the ball long as Benneteau holds to 15 to level up once again

  12. - - TSONGA 6-2 4-6 2-1 - Back-to-back unreturnables, well an ace and an unreturnable to be precise, help Tsonga cruise through another service hold to keep his nose in front in this final set

  13. - - TSONGA 6-2 4-6 1-1 - Benneteau also cruises through his opening service game of this final set to keep all the pressure on Tsonga. You get the feeling that this set is all about Tsonga, if he plays at or near his best, he'll win. If he plays like he did in that second set, Benneteau should win

  14. - - TSONGA 6-2 4-6 1-0 - Tsonga, serving first in the set yet again, holds from 30-30 to get his final set off the mark as the crowd spot former French player Tatiana Golovin in the stands much to their delight!

  15. - - TSONGA 6-2 4-6 - SET! The crowd is clearly getting a little nervy when a forehand into the net from Benneteau sees Tsonga level at 30-30. But the 30-year-old does brilliantly well to settle his nerves and earn himself a set point before sealing it with a forehand winner down the line

  16. - - TSONGA 6-2 4-5 - Tsonga races through a service hold to put all the pressure back on Benneteau to serve out this second set and force the decider. Can he hold under pressure this time? He's not got a great record of it so far in this match

  17. - - TSONGA 6-2 3-5 - Benneteau stands firm to hold and force Tsonga to serve to stay in this second set

  18. - - TSONGA 6-2 3-4 - Finally better from Tsonga on serve as he eases through a hold to keep the deficit down to just the one break. At just the one break down, Tsonga will very much feel he is still in this set, having broken the Benneteau serve twice already in the match

  19. - - TSONGA 6-2 2-4 - Benneteau makes a great foray into the net to put away a stylish backhand volley winner as he edges towards a hold that will consolidate the break. Tsonga belts a forehand return for a winner to level at deuce before earning himself a break back point when Benneteau hits a forehand wide down the line. Benneteau saves it though with a great forehand drive volley winner and he eventually got on to hold when Tsonga hits a forehand long

  20. - - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga spoke to Eurosport recently and was full of praise for new coach Roger Rasheed, believing his game has only got better since he teamed up with the Australian. Tsonga: I've improved under coach

  21. - - TSONGA 6-2 2-3 - BREAK! Wow! Both players have completely lost the plot on serve, as it is again Tsonga's turn to spray a series of errors - the latter of which is a poor forehand well wide down the line - to hand his opponent another break point. And a double fault concedes the game and hands Benneteau the break advantage once again

  22. - - TSONGA 6-2 2-2 - BREAK! Ouch! What a poor game from Benneteau after he had finally achieved the breakthrough he deserved. He quickly hands Tsonga three break back points and although he saves the first, Tsonga does break through on the second when Benneteau dumps a regulation forehand approach shot into the net

  23. - - TSONGA 6-2 1-2 - BREAK! A stunning second serve from Tsonga helps him save the first of two break points, Benneteau being enough of the back foot that he sends a running forehand wide across court a few points later. And Tsonga saves the second with an ace. Benneteau gets a third chance though and this time he takes it when Tsonga sprays a forehand well wide into the tramlines

  24. - - TSONGA 6-2 1-1 - Benneteau produces another very comfortable service hold to also get his second set off the mark. If only he could do that every time this match would be incredibly close right now. And yet, when it gets close, Tsonga just steps it up a level and Benneteau breaks down

  25. - - TSONGA 6-2 1-0 - The advance of Tsonga breaking for that first set is that he can serve first in the second and he gets it off to the perfect start with a solid enough hold to further extend his lead

  26. - - TSONGA 6-2 - SET! Tsonga lets out a yelp of frustration when Benneteau hits the mark with a backhand winner down the line. But a forehand into the net from Benneteau on the next point hands Tsonga a set point and although he squanders it with a cross court forehand wide, he does wrap up the set at the second attempt with a solid backhand that Benneteau can again only hit into the net

  27. - - TSONGA 5-2 - It's looking like it will just be that one lapse from Benneteau that will decide this set, as he pushes Tsonga once again on serve but cannot quite capitalise as the world number seven resorts to his tried-and-tested "hit the first serve as hard as you can" ace

  28. - - TSONGA 4-2 - Benneteau's turn to ease through a service game as he rediscovered his easy rhythm and keeps the deficit down to just the one break

  29. - - TSONGA 4-1 - Tsonga is about to back up the break with a blink-and-you'll-miss-it service game, opening with an ace, when Benneteau showcases some of his best doubles play with a dinked drop shot from full stretch. But Tsonga quickly thumps down a huge first serve to avert the danger from 40-30 and consolidate the break

  30. - - TSONGA 3-1 - BREAK! After all that hard work from Benneteau in the previous game to really put the pressure on the Tsonga serve, he throws in a slacker game and the younger of the two Frenchman has the early break. Tsonga played well in that game, making a couple of approaches to the net (both of which paid off) before a stray backhand from Benneteau handed Tsonga that break

  31. - - TSONGA 2-1 - Tsonga is forced to save an early break point as Benneteau easily gets up to a shoulder-height mid-court ball and bats the backhand away for a winner. The 27-year-old saves it with a great first serve but quicly gives his compatriot a second chance with a backhand wide. Again Tsonga saves it but Benneteau gets third, fourth and fifth chance, squandering them all before Tsonga eventually holds with an ace down the centre of the court. That was a tough game for the world number seven.

  32. - - TSONGA 1-1 - Benneteau also eases through his opening game without too much trouble, as these two men, who must know each other so well, find their feet in this match

  33. - - TSONGA 1-0 - You are never entirely sure what you are going to get from Tsonga but he opens with a very confident service hold, capping it off with a little foray into the net and an emphatic volley winner

  34. - - The head-to-head between these two players is actually closer than you might think, given the 30 ranking spots that separate them. But Tsonga narrowly leads with four wins to his name, compared to the three Benneteau has won

  35. - - Just about to get underway now is sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga up against compatriot Julien Benneteau. Tsonga is in prime position to grab the seventh (of eight) berth for next week's ATP World Tour Finals in London so this is an important tournament for him. Oh, and he's also defending Paris Masters champion.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Nationality FRA
Date of Birth 17/04/1985
Height 1.88 m
Weight 91 kg

Julien Benneteau

Nationality FRA
Date of Birth 20/12/1981
Height 1.85 m
Weight 79 kg

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