Rotterdam - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won a lengthy opening set and then accelerated
past Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor for a quarter-final place at the
Rotterdam Open on Thursday.
The Frenchman's 7-6 (7/5), 6-1 victory was a match of two parts, with
the labourious first set taking 53 minutes while the second lasted for
Tsonga, the 2017 champion in Rotterdam, will keep up his bid for a
second straight trophy after winning Montpellier at the weekend as he
continues his comeback from a seven-month absence last season due to
knee surgery and recovery.
The 33-year-old also looks set for another ranking rise from number 140 as his comeback progress intensifies.
"At the start I played well, but he was solid also," 33-year-old
Tsonga, now ranked at 140, said after seeing off the 211-ranked
"I took care of my serve and stuck to the game plan. I had my
opportunities and he may have missed one or two balls more in the
tiebreaker. I took my chances there."
Tsonga next faces fifth-seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev who defeated
Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco for the second time in three meetings,
posting a 6-2, 7-5 win.
Medvedev, a Rotterdam quarter-finalist on his 2018 debut, has carried
the momentum he gained from his fourth career title last weekend in
The 23-year-old improved to 13-2 on the season.
Bosnian Damir Dzumhur followed up on his second-round upset of third
seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, advancing past Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4,
Dzumhur will be playing his first quarter-final of the season when he takes on French crowd-pleaser Gael Monfils.
Results from the ATP tournament in Rotterdam on Thursday (x indicates seeding):
Damir Dzumhur (BIH) bt Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 6-4, 7-6 (7/3)
Daniil Medvedev (RUS x5) bt Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 6-2, 7-5
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) bt Tallon Griekspoor (NED) 7-6 (7/5), 6-1