The French Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has avoided the trap set by the Luxembourg Gilles Muller, beaten in five sets (7-6 [10/8 ] 6-7 [3/7], 6-4, 3-6, 6-2), becoming few scares Tuesday at 1 er round of Wimbledon.
Without marks on grass since his injury in a semifinal at Roland Garros thigh, the No. 13 seed has long seemed within and nervous, although he was able to draw on 38 aces to make a difference after 3 hours and 50 minutes in front of the left, 32, 44 e global and specialist on grass.
Fortunately for him, the French will be February 1 e turn much more accessible on paper against Spaniard Albert Ramos, who took advantage 6-2, 6-2, 3-2 in the abandonment of the Uzbek Denis Istomin, who won in Nottingham on Saturday, to qualify.
As expected, the trap prepared by the Luxembourg striker volley specialist service, so very nearly close on Tsonga, who has repeatedly expressed his nervousness or by speaking to himself, law apostrophising the referee.
Worn by efficient service, especially Manceau erred on the side of caution against an opponent who took all the risks. Tsonga has thus managed to win three of his 16 break points, and two more in the last race.
Before that, the first two have been particularly contested and culminated in the decisive game. The French won the first, the Luxembourgers – who narrowly lost their only confrontation on the main circuit but won twice in rank – the second.
In the 3 e set, he finally managed to take the opponent’s service, thereby taking the lead as he lost his in the 4 e face a opponent more realistic despite 51 unforced errors which have also maintained Tsonga afloat when the boat pitched.
Less wait and upset in the final round, Tsonga, a semifinalist here-even in 2011 and 2012, then finally got out of his torpor.
However rest of the way up the Davis Cup where France will defy Andy Murray of Great Britain July 17 to 19 on the grass of Queen’s.