Tsonga defeats Almagro in Paris and qualifies for ATP Finals

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga secured his spot at the ATP World Tour Finals 2012 in London after beating Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 7-6 (4) 7-6 (3) in today’s third round match at the Paris Masters.

Both players showed some confidence on serve at the beginning of the match, with Tsonga producing three love service games to Almagro’s one. However, it was the 11th seeded Spaniard who had the first chances to take his opponent’s serve at 4-4. Unfortunately for him, Tsonga managed to avert both break points and a tiebreak was inevitable at the end of the set. One mini break each marked the start of the ‘breaker’, but it was the no.6 seed Frenchman who captured the set after taking both of Almagro’s serves when 5-4 up.

It was the Spaniard once again who earned himself the sole break point of the entire second set when Tsonga was serving at 0-1 down. But the Frenchman averted it with a massive first serve ace and neither of the competitors showed any signs of hesitation from then onwards, so another tiebreak was to be played. As Tsonga struck again, taking Almagro’s serve twice to get to a 6-2 lead, the rest was all formality.

Tsonga set up a quarterfinal encounter against the winner of the match between Ferrer and Wawrinka.

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