Tsonga re­turns from in­jury with win at Shang­hai Masters

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Jo-Wil­fried Tsonga won for the first time since re­tir­ing from his quar­ter­fi­nal match at the US Open, beating Flo­rian Mayer 6-3, 6-2 yes­ter­day in the open­ing round of the Shang­hai Masters.

Tsonga, who lost to No­vak Djokovic in the Shang­hai fi­nal last year, had 12 aces against Mayer and saved all five break points he faced.

The ninth-seeded French­man hasn't played since re­tir­ing with a knee in­jury against Djokovic at the US Open last month af­ter drop­ping the first two sets.

In other matches, ris­ing Ger­man star Alexan­der Zverev and his older brother Mis­cha both moved into the se­cond round with straight-set vic­to­ries. Alexan­der, ranked No. 21, de­feated John Is­ner 6-4, 6-2, while Mis­cha, who is com­ing off a quar­ter­fi­nal ap­pear­ance at last month's Shen­zhen Open, beat Zhang Ze 6-1, 6-2.

Cana­dian qual­i­fier Vasek Pospisil earned just his ninth vic­tory of the sea­son, edg­ing Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (5), 6-4. He will at­tempt to win back-to­back matches for the first time this year against ei­ther Grigor Dim­itrov or Richard Gas­quet, who play their open­ing match today.

Djokovic, the top-seeded player and three-time cham­pion, plays his first match since his run­ner-up fin­ish at the US Open today against Fabio Fognini of Italy.

Malta Un­der 21 players Ryan Ca­men­zuli (left), Michael John­son (cen­tre) and Cain At­tard (right) share a joke be­fore their train­ing ses­sion yes­ter­day Photo: Domenic Aquilina

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