Tsonga scrapes through

  • Last Updated: October 30 2012, 21:49 GMT

Home favourite and sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga narrowly avoided becoming a big-name casualty at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris.

Tsonga: Fought back to beat Julien Benneteau

He squandered a one-set lead against compatriot Julien Benneteau before finally coming through in a final-set tie-break to win 6-2 4-6 7-6 (7/2).

Jerzy Janowicz produced a shock result to dump out 13th seed Marin Cilic.

The 6ft 8in Polish qualifier won his battle of the giants against the Croatian, just two inches shorter, to set up a third-round clash with either British number one Andy Murray or French wild card Paul-Henri Mathieu.

The first set unsurprisingly went to a tie-break, which Janowicz won. Emboldened by that, he forced five break points against his opponent's imposing serve in the second set, taking two to seal a 7-6 (8/6) 6-2 win.

There were no worries for the other seeds in second-round action, with Japan's Kei Nishikori winning 7-6 (7/2) 6-2 against wild card Benoit Paire and Stanislas Wawrinka, the Swiss player seeded one place below Nishikori at 16, a 6-3 6-2 winner against Carlos Berlocq.

In the first round, Mathieu beat qualifier Roberto Batista-Agut 6-4 7-5 with the aid of five breaks of serve.

Grigor Dimitrov hammered down 16 aces in 10 service games as he beat Jurgen Melzer 7-6 (7/2) 6-2 and Igor Sijsling delivered nine in a 6-4 6-2 win over Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Michael Llodra and Jeremy Chardy cheered the home fans with wins over Spaniards Daniel Gimeno-Traver and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez respectively, with Llodra congratulated on court by his delighted son.

Fernando Verdasco was another Spanish player to crash out, retiring at 1-1 in the second set against American Sam Querrey having lost the opener 6-1.

Britain's Jonny Marray and his Australian partner Paul Hanley reached the second round of the men's doubles, beating German pair Philipp Kohlschreiber and Florian Mayer 7-5 6-1.


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