Frenchman Tsonga into second round at Washington Open

Frenchman Tsonga into second round at Washington Open

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Washington, Jul 30 : Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France defeated Brayden Schnur of Canada 6-4, 7-6(2) in the first round of the Washington Open on Monday.

The 34-year-old Tsonga, who improved to 22-12 on the year, will next meet second seed Karen Khachanov from Russia.

American Tommy Paul beat countryman Denis Kudla for the first time 6-0, 6-4 to set up a second-round showdown with top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece. Paul and Kudla had never met at tour-level, but Kudla had won all four of their other meetings. The 22-year-old Paul, who made the 2016 Washington quarterfinals, earned his first tour-level win of the season. He has never faced Tsitsipas, No. 6 in the ATP rankings.

American wildcard Bjorn Fratangelo edged past 2016 finalist Ivo Karlovic from Croatia 6-4, 6-7 (14), 7-6(5). The 26-year-old Fratangelo withstood 31 aces and saved all four break points en route to the hard-fought win. He will next meet third seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia.

In other action, Frenchman Adrian Mannarino will meet fourth seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa after beating Belarussian Ilya Ivashka 7-6(3), 6-3, and Romanian Marius Copil fought past Danish qualifier Mikael Torpegaard 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 and will meet sixth seed Marin Cilic of Croatia. (UNI-XINHUA)