PARIS – The French Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has not started the most glorious of ways to work with its new coach Roger Rasheed, but he assured the essential accessing Tuesday the 8th finals of the Masters 1000 Paris-Bercy. opposed to his compatriot Julien Benneteau, Tsonga, seeded No. 6 and finalist out, won at the finish in three sets 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7/2). But if he wants to retain the victory above all, French, which emerged at Bercy in 2008 – its only success in Masters 1000 until then-, risk of getting the ears by his new coach.
He has had to defend 11 break points. Fortunately for him, he tightened the screws in the tiebreaker in the third set, to ensure its participation in the Masters final in London next week. He will face the winner in the eighth Wednesday’s match against Spaniard Nicolas Almagro to his compatriot Albert Ramos.
Tsonga has certainly avoided the fate of Croatian Marin Cilic, who was the top seed to be eliminated in the second round by the promising young Polish Jerzy Janowicz in two sets 7-6 (8/6), 6 – 2. Passed by the qualifications, Janowicz (21 years old, 2.03 m) has won four games in four days in Paris, without conceding a single break point. The Poles, who still works most often in Challengers, had hinted at his potential at Wimbledon, where he reached the third round this year before handing in five sets to German Florian Mayer.
Disappointment is hard to Cilic, who remained on quarter-finals of both Masters 1000 final in Cincinnati and Shanghai, as well as International United States. The day was marked by another surprise almost the same ilk, with the first elimination round of the Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov Jr. by Dutch Igor Sijsling (6-4, 6-2). Spaniard Fernando Verdasco also surrendered. He dropped to American Sam Querrey, while he was leading 6-1, 1-1. This 2nd round faces Serbian Novak Djokovic, No. 2 worldwide.