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