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Monte-Carlo Masters: Taylor Fritz Through to Round 2 After Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Retires

Monte-Carlo Masters 2019: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s back problem forced him to retire after 57 minutes on court.

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Updated:April 16, 2019, 4:40 PM IST
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Monte-Carlo Masters: Taylor Fritz Through to Round 2 After Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Retires
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is making his return after having a knee surgery last year. (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Monaco: American Taylor Fritz profited from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's back problem, advancing 6-4, 2-0 on Tuesday when the Frenchman retired in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Tsonga's pullout after 57 minutes on court was a setback as he returns from 2018 knee surgery.

The Frenchman, who turns 34 on Wednesday, reached the semi-finals here in 2013 and 2016 but did not compete on the clay last spring.

He reached the semi-finals last week in Marrakech, losing to countryman Benoit Paire.

Fritz, ranked 65th, was making his Monte Carlo debut and ended a run of four first-round losses dating to February.

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