Tomic sets up clash with Tsonga
Wimbledon quarterfinalist Bernard Tomic faces a tough second-round opponent in Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the ATP Montreal Masters.
The young Australian – a wildcard entry in a very strong field – advanced on Monday with a 7-6(5) 6-3 win over Taiwan’s Lu Yen-Hsun.
Tomic held his nerve in the first-set tiebreaker and cruised to victory against the world No.66.
The 18-year-old Australian, ranked 68th after his breakthrough performance at Wimbledon, took the match in less than two hours.
Victory over Tsonga is likely to carry the reward of a meeting with third-seeded Roger Federer, who will play the winner of Tuesday’s match between Canada’s Vasek Pospisil and Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela.
Top seed Novak Djokovic, number two Rafael Nadal, fourth seed Andy Murray and Federer enjoyed first-round byes.
Djokovic will start on Tuesday against Russian Nikolay Davydenko, a former member of the top five elite who beat Italy’s Flavio Cipolla 6-3 6-3.
Nadal will face Ivan Dodig after the Croatian’s 6-4 6-3 win over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, while Murray plays South African Kevin Anderson, who beat Spaniard Pablo Andujar 6-4 6-4.
Tsonga, the tournament’s 13th seed, downed Italian Fabio Fognini 6-4 7-6(0).