Jo-Wilfried Tsonga floors off-key Gael Monfils in Japan Open

The world number eight bulldozed his way to a 3-0 lead before taking the first set 6-3 with a vicious serve which was too hot for Monfils to handle and then took the second set and the match 7-6.

updated: September 30, 2013 17:14 IST
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Tokyo: Second seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga bludgeoned close friend Gael Monfils into submission with a 6-3, 7-6 victory in a first-round French rendezvous at the $1.43 million Japan Open on Monday.

World number seven Juan Martin del Potro heads the Tokyo field in the absence of Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, who pulled out to undergo minor back surgery.

The giant Argentine, US Open winner in 2009, faces Cyprus's Marcos Baghdatis on Tuesday in his opening match at the venue for the 2020 Olympic tennis competition.

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