Tsonga returns from injury with win at Shanghai Masters
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