Tsonga beats Gasquet to reach Australian Open QFs

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French players Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Jeremy Chardy won in four sets and progressed into quarterfinal of Australian Open 2013.

French players Tsonga and Richard Gasquet were tied at 4-4 in their head-to-head matches before the fourth round of Australian Open. Ninth seed Gasquet struggled with his serving from the game one on and was broken to love immediately. He had an excellent opportunity to claw back at 5-4 – he produced a triple break ball as his seventh-seeded compatriot was serving for the set, but let Tsonga turn around the game and claim the opener.

Gasquet’s was growing in confidence though and he converted the only break ball of the following set to get back on level terms. Unfortunately for him, that was the only serve Tsonga had given away during the match and the tables have turned again in the sets three and four. Gasquet, who has never made it past fourth round in Melbourne, conceded early breaks in both of them to which he could not respond. Tsonga thus wrapped up the clash after two hours and twenty-three minutes of tennis and booked his quarterfinal ticket with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory. He will meet the better of Federer-Raonic pair next.

The second Frenchman to have entered the Australian Open quarterfinals this year is unseeded Jeremy Chardy. The 36th-ranked player eliminated Del Potro prior to the fourth round and rose to the occasion once again by knocking out 21st-seed Andreas Seppi of Italy in four sets. A nervous start for both competitors who gifted their opponent five break point opportunities and one break each during the opening four games. Seppi then seized his second break of the set in the eleventh game and served the opener out next. However, the Italian was left trailing by Chardy for the remaining three sets – the Frenchman got more composed and managed to hold all of his service games until rounding up another convincing performance at this year’s Australian Open with the first match ball. Chardy took this one with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 final result in spite of making ten double faults in total – one of the elements he should improve on before facing Andy Murray in next round.

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