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Tsonga beats Llodra in 1st round at Melbourne

First published: January 15, 2013, 12:41 PM IST | Updated: January 15, 2013
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Tsonga beats Llodra in 1st round at Melbourne
Tsonga cruised to a 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 win over fellow Frenchman Michael Llodra in a first-round match.

Melbourne: Former finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga cruised to a 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 win over fellow Frenchman Michael Llodra in a first-round match on Tuesday at the Australian Open.

Serving for the match, Tsonga hit a backhand drop half-volley at the net, then powered a forehand to the open court on match point to advance to the second round at Melbourne Park.

Tsonga, seeded seventh, had his best result in a Grand Slam when he made the final of the 2008 Australian Open, losing to Novak Djokovic in the title match.

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