Tsonga cruises into second round
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 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.
Del Potro breezes into Round 2
Former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro has advanced to the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 win over French qualifier Adrian Mannarino.
The sixth-seeded del Potro, who beat Rafael Nadal in the 2009 U.S. Open semifinals and Roger Federer in the final, had a strong 2012 with four titles in five finals after recovering from the right wrist injury that kept him on the sidelines for most of 2010.