Injured Jo-Wilfried Tsonga crashes out of Japan Open

Dodig's persistence forced Tsonga into a string of wild misses, the end coming when he dumped a forehand into the net to surrender the second-set tiebreak 7-5 and gift-wrap the Croat a second victory in two meetings.

updated: October 02, 2013 17:22 IST
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Tokyo: Former champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga crashed out of the Japan Open in the second round on Wednesday, ambushed 6-4, 7-6 by Croatia's Ivan Dodig in the tournament's first major upset.

Top seed Juan Martin del Potro thrashed fellow Argentine Carlos Berlocq 6-2, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the $1.43 million event in Tokyo before Tsonga, still feeling his way back from a knee injury, was unceremoniously bundled out.

"I'm not shocked by this result," the second-seeded Frenchman told reporters. "This game is difficult enough with two legs. With one and a half it's complicated."

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