Tsonga, Blake, Murray advances into third round


Australian Open 2008 finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has battled through pain to claim a memorable four-set victory over Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia, 6-7(4) 7-6(8 ) 7-6(7) 6-2 at Hisense Arena on Thursday.

Quick facts
The ace count was an even affair, with Tsonga’s 18 just shadowing Ljubicic’s 17
Tsonga hit 10 more winners than his Croatian opponent, recording an impressive 71
Ljubicic made 40 unforced errors to Tsonga’s 37
Tsonga was wasteful on break point opportunities, converting just three of 11 chances. Ljubicic capitalised on his one and only break point chance

American James Blake has made light work of his Australian Open 2009 second round match against France’s Sebastien De Chaunac, taking a cool 6-3 6-2 6-3 win on Thursday night.

Quick facts
De Chaunac made 40 unforced errors to Blake’s 26
The Frenchman had 33 winners to Blake’s 28
Blake won 84 per cent of points where he landed his first serve
Blake converted on just five of 18 break point chances, while De Chaunac was 0-for-4 on break point chances

The No. 4 seed Andy Murray has continued on his path to claiming his first major title with a resounding straight sets victory over Spain’s Marcel Granollers on Thursday night  defeating the world No. 51 6-4 6-2 6-2.

Quick facts
Murray had 31 unforced errors compared to Granoellers’ 27
Murray had 37 winners to the Spaniard’s 18
The Scot’s fastest first serve was 208km/h, but Granoellers’ average first serve speed was marginally faster than his opponent’s (180km/h to 177km/h)
Murray converted six of 16 break point chances

Andy Murray GBR (4) d Marcel Granollers ESP 6-4 6-2 6-2
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga FRA (5) d Ivan Ljubicic CRO 6-7(4) 7-6(8 ) 7-6(7) 6-2
James Blake USA (9) d Sebastien De Chaunac FRA 6-3 6-2 6-3

012209 thursday /info-photo via Australian Open / Getty Images


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