Tsonga rallies past qualifier to reach quarterfinals in Lyon
ABS-CBN Sports on May 23, 2019 07:24 AM
FILE - France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga clenches his fist after scoring a point against Argentina's Renzo Olivo during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
LYON, France (AP) — Former champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rallied past Canadian qualifier Steven Diez on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals and extend his perfect record at the Lyon Open.
Tsonga, the 2017 champion, came within two points of losing but finally prevailed 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3 on his sixth match point after 2 hours, 42 minutes.
The clay-court event serves as a warmup for the French Open, which starts Sunday in Paris.
"It was good for me to play a long match like this," Tsonga said. "I haven't played a match this long for a while. I am not playing my best level, but I am giving everything mentally and that gives me confidence."
Tsonga will next take on top-seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili, who beat lucky loser Tristan Lamasine 7-5, 7-5.