Tsonga, del Potro lose Toronto openers
August 8, 2012 · Print This Article
Rogers Cup—Toronto, Canada
No. 3 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga lost his opening match at the Rogers Cup on Wednesday, losing in straight sets to countryman Jeremy Chardy, 6-4, 7-6(4).
Tsonga, who had competed in the London Olympics up until Sunday, looked flat and out-of-sorts during the one hour and 28 minute match. Reaching the semifinals of the Rogers Cup last year, Tsonga will next look to play at the Cincinnati Masters next week.
Chardy will next face Marcel Granollers, who defeated No. 15 seed Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4.
Elsewhere, Olympic bronze medalist Juan Martin del Potro also crashed out of the event to Radek Stepanek, 6-4, 7-6(5).
Fighting hard, but clearly under his game, del Potro later said that he might miss next week’s Cincinnati event to “relax.”
Seeded winners who fared better on Wednesday included, No. 5 seed Janko Tipsarevic, No. 10 seed Marin Cilic, No. 12 seed Philipp Kohlscreiber and No. 14 seed Richard Gasquet.
Matches that are still to come on Wednesday will include defending champ Novak Djokovic, No. 2 seed Andy Murray and No. 11 seed Mardy Fish.