Tsonga ousted at U.S. Open

2:31 PM, Aug 30, 2012   |    comments
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Flushing Meadows, NY (Sports Network) - Fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga suffered a second-round upset Thursday at the 2012 U.S. Open.

The sluggish former Australian Open runner-up was shown the door by Martin Klizan, 6-4, 1-6, 6-1, 6-3, at Armstrong Stadium. The Slovak pulled off the big upset in 2 hours, 12 minutes by breaking Tsonga a whopping seven times on Day 4.

Tsonga is the second top-10 seed to fall this week, joining No. 10 Juan Monaco.

The powerful Tsonga was a U.S. Open quarterfinalist last year and reached at least the quarters at this year's French Open and Wimbledon events, including a trip into the semifinals at the All England Club.

In other action involving seeds, sweet-swinging No. 11 Nicolas Almagro of Spain outlasted talented German Philipp Petzschner 6-3, 5-7, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 and No. 17 Japanese Kei Nishikori spanked American Tim Smyczek 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 on the hardcourts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Later Thursday, world No. 1 Roger Federer will play his second-rounder against speedy German Bjorn Phau. The 17-time Grand Slam king is the reigning Wimbledon champion and is a five-time U.S. Open titlist.

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