Jo-Wilfried Tsonga battled his way through to the second round at the China Open as he defeated Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 7-6 (7), 7-5.
For the top seed Frenchman Tsonga, Beijing has got a special place in his heart as he won his first career match here in 2004.
Tsonga will play Chinese qualifier Zhang Ze in round two.
Other 1st round results:
Zhang Ze (CHN) – Li Zhe (CNH) – 6-1, 6-3
Albert Montanes (ESP) – Paul Capdeville (CHI) -6-3, 6-3
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) – Tommy Robredo (ESP) – 6-3, 7-6 (0)
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) – Nicolas Almagro (ESP) – 6-3, 6-2
Fabio Fognini (ITA) – Grega Zemlja (SLO) – 6-4, 6-1
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