Olympic medalists Tsonga and Del Potro exit Toronto

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Frenchman Jo-Wifried Tsonga, who just won the silver medal in the doubles event in the 2012 London Olympics, was upset in the second round of Toronto Masters by countryman Jeremy Chardy 6-4 7-6 in a match that lasted 88 minutes. Chardy started the encounter well, breaking Tsonga’s serve in the first game. Tsonga then tried to get the break back, but Chardy didn’t help him as he dropped only five points on serve in the first set. In the second set, both players fought hard to force a tiebreak. Tsonga had two set points in the twelfth game, but the world no. 47 managed to avert them. The first mini-break of the tiebreak went to Chardy, which proved to be enough for him to prevail 7-4 and cause a big upset here in Toronto. Chardy will meet Granollers for a place in the quarterfinal on Thursday. The Frenchman won their previous two encounters.

Another Olympic medalist, who got beaten today at the Rogers Cup, is the singles bronze medalist world no. 8 Juan Martin Del Potro, who lost to Czech Radek Stepanek 6-4 7-6 in 1 hour and 50 minutes. Stepanek had a good start into the match, breaking Del Potro’s serve in the first game. Del Potro fought hard to come back and broke back in the eighth game to level the score 4-4, but it was not too long until the world no. 40 broke once again and won the set 6-4. Stepanek’s serve helped him a lot in the first set as he won 70% of service points, while Del Potro won 53% of service points. After breaking Stepanek’s serve early in the second set, the sixth seed got broken immediately in the following game. The Argentine, who looked jetlagged, broke once again in the sixth game to get a 4-2 lead. However, the Czech got the break back in the following game, with both players holding serves to force a tiebreak, which the Czech won 7-5. Stepanek played very well in the match, hitting 9 aces and 27 winners, while Del Potro seemed a bit tired coming from London. Stepanek will now play with either Simon or Haas in the third round.

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