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Tsonga overcomes Safin in Madrid

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Tsonga reached the final of the 2008 Australian Open as an unseeded player

Ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga booked his place in the second round of the Madrid Open with a 6-4 7-5 win over former world number one Marat Safin.

The powerful Frenchman recorded a single break in each set to defeat the unseeded 29-year-old Russian.

Elsewhere, home favourite David Ferrer, the 12th seed, coasted past Argentina's Guillermo Canas 6-2 6-2.

Andy Murray plays Simone Bolelli in the second round after the Italian beat Juan Ignacio Chela 7-5 7-6 (7-3).

Tsonga sealed the first set at the first opportunity with a firm drive that clipped the baseline.

The match concluded when an errant Safin collapsed to 0-40 down on his serve, and though he saved one match point, the next attempted winner went wide.

"I'm happy with my game," 24-year-old Tsonga commented. "I played great tennis, offensive tennis. I hit some good serves, some good volleys and I was really aggressive, so I'm happy."

Tsonga now faces wildcard Ivan Ljubicic.



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