Tsonga and Berdych advance into third round of Paris Masters

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Seeded players Tomas Berdych, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Stan Wawrinka advanced into the third round of Paris Masters 2012.

Julien Benneteau had chance to beat countryman Tsonga for the fourth time in his career and level their head-to-head score in the second round of Paris Masters. Sixth seed Tsonga faced a four break point threat in his second service game, but escaped the scare and broke his colleague to make it 3-1. A recent Metz champion then took the opener by seizing another one of his rival’s serves. Experienced Benneteau – who has played two finals in 2012, but is yet to win an ATP tournament – came stronger into the following set, although he failed to convert his first break. However, he confirmed the second one and allowed no upsets until wrapping up the set two.

In the decider Tsonga was serving for the match at 5-3, but only made to 15-0. Benneteau broke back and the Frenchmen could not be separated before the tie-break. The all-deciding thirteenth game was all about Tsonga though as he achieved a double mini-break lead by 6-2 and tucked away the very first match ball for a 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (2) triumph.

Unseeded Italian Andreas Seppi was stopped by fifth seed Czech Berdych in second round. Both players have won an ATP title about a week ago (Seppi in Moscow, Berdych in Stockholm) and were hunting for their third trophy of the season. Seppi recovered from an early break immediately and both players held their service games without stress later in the opener, so a tie-break was required. The Czech was the more consistent of the counterparts and successfully converted his third set point. The Italian was in all sorts of trouble in the second set and found himself 0-4 behind after conceding two breaks. Berdych was close to going three breaks up, but even so his victory was never in doubt. He made his way into the third round with a confident 7-6 (6), 6-2 final result.

Sixteenth-seeded Swiss Wawrinka swept away Carlos Berlocq of Argentine in straight sets without conceding a break: 6-3, 6-2.

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