Tsonga and Raonic move into round three of Australian Open

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Seeded players Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic moved into the third round of Australian Open 2013 without losing a set.

Although their clash was competitive enough, a Melbourne finalist from 2008 Tsonga has proved to be too high a hurdle for his challenger Go Soeda. While the Japanese squandered his break ball opportunities in the opener, seventh-seeded Frenchman converted his only one to take the set. In the following one unseeded Soeda went 5-3 up and was serving to equalize the score, yet seventh-seeded Tsonga forced a tie-break which he won with a dominant display. The Frenchman’s impeccable serving in the last set allowed him to make use of the eighth-game break and grab a deserved victory with the second match ball few minutes later. He won with 6-3, 7-6 (1), 6-3 and will face unseeded Slovenian Blaz Kavcic in the third round.

Kavcic advanced after beating Australian James Duckworth in a five hour long marathon with the result 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 10-8.

Thirteenth seed Canadian Raonic knocked out 75th-ranked Czech Lukas Rosol in three sets. The Czech made it to the tie-break of the opener and also managed to break back early in the second set, but the match was all about Raonic after that. Rosol conceded five breaks in total in the second and the third set which was more than he could afford against a consistent server such as Raonic. The Canadian will be glad to have proceeded with the 7-6 (2), 6-2, 6-2 final score.

His third round opponent will be German veteran Kohlschreiber who eliminated Israeli player Weintraub. The result: 6-2, 7-6 (4), 6-4.

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