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Tsonga quietly rolls into quarters


NEW YORK -- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has quietly rolled through the U.S. Open.

The 19th-seeded Frenchman has yet to drop a set or lose his serve through four rounds. He beat countryman Benoit Paire 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in 1 hour, 42 minutes Sunday to set up a quarterfinal meeting with defending champ Marin Cilic.

Tsonga, the 2008 Australian Open runner-up and a former top-five player, missed the first 11 weeks of this season because of an arm injury. He had lost three of his last four matches coming into the U.S. Open but has served extremely well this week, facing just two break points overall and none Sunday. He’s also had a favorable draw and has yet to play a seeded opponent.

That will change against the ninth-ranked Cilic as Tsonga seeks to reach the semifinals at Flushing Meadows for the first time. It’s the only major where he has never made it to the semis.

Tsonga is 12-1 in his career against fellow Frenchmen in Grand Slam matches. The 41st-ranked Paire was playing in the fourth round at a major for the first time. He upset fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori, last year’s runner-up, in the first round.