Three-time champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga fought again to beat Feliciano Lopez on Tuesday in Marseille to win his first ATP Tour victory since 2019.
Tsonga, 35, managed to safe a 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory over Lopez after getting back from a set down.
“That is most likely among the best victories of my profession, as a result of it was powerful for me to play tennis. I had a lot ache for thus many months,” Tsonga stated in an interview.
“At the moment, I received one match. That was one in every of my targets for these few weeks… I am completely happy like a child.”
Tsonga will subsequent face countryman Ugo Humbert within the subsequent spherical.
Pierre-Hugues Herbert additionally managed to assert victory over sixth-seeded Japanese Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-4.
“I knew I’d must be aggressive from the beginning, as I knew Kei could be higher than me from the baseline,” stated Herbert.
“I can’t complain about something at the moment and I caught to my sport plan from the start to the tip. I’m very pleased with the win. I stored shifting forwards and did let him play.”
Herbert will subsequent face one in every of Britain’s Cameron Norrie or France’s Fixed Lestienne.
In the meantime Australia’s Matthew Ebden and America’s Mackenzie McDonald will even characteristic within the subsequent spherical after beating Benjamin Bonzi and Karen Khachanov respectively.
Ebden is because of face Emil Ruusuvuori of Finland, whereas McDonald will do battle with Italy’s Stefano Travaglia.