Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wins titanic five-set tussle against Denis Shapovalov

Lynette Rowe
January 18, 2018

Charismatic Frenchman Tsonga faced a second-round exit at Melbourne Park, having found himself 4-1 and 5-2 down in the fifth and final set against his talented 18-year-old opponent on Margaret Court Arena.

No. 23 Gilles Muller outlasted Malek Jaziri in five sets, Kyle Edmund had a straight sets win over Denis Istomin - who beat then-defending champion Novak Djokovic in the second round here a year ago - and Andreas Seppi beat Yoshihito Nishioka 6-1, 6-3, 6-4.

Raonic is a former Wimbledon finalist and has reached at least the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park the last three years.

Bencic had knocked out out last year's runner-up Venus Williams on a day of shocks on Monday, but slumped to a 6-1, 6-3 defeat against Thai qualifier Luksika Kumkhum today.

But Tsonga would not yield and broke Shapovalov as he attempted to serve out the match, breaking with a cross court backhand.

Her fellow Ukrainian Kateryna Bondarenko beat No. 15-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, a quarterfinalist here past year, 6-2, 6-3 to reach the third round in Australia for the third time.

He finally clinched it on his first match point, ending the 3 hour, 37-minute match.

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He will face Nick Kyrgios in the third round after the top-ranked Australian beat Serbia's Viktor Troicki 7-5 6-4 7-6 (7-2) on Wednesday night. He's never lost a second-round match at the Australian Open.

Shapovalov won 57 per cent of his first service points and converted on 5-of-8 break points.

Luxembourg's Gilles Muller also won a five-set classic, downing Malek Jaziri of Tunisia 7-5 6-4 6-7 3-6 6-2 to set up a match against Pablo Carreno Busta, who got through after Gilles Simon retired. He finished the opening set with five winners.

Svitolina was 0 for 6 on break-point chances in the first set, but recovered to break Siniakova six times over the rest of the match. "It's not easy to play against those young guns".

As Australian Open junior champion, Kostyuk got a wildcard into the qualifying draw.

Kostyuk's progress is set to become more hard, with a meeting against fellow Ukrainian Svitolina in the next round.

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