Tsonga upsets de Miñaur, becomes lowest-ranked semifinalist in Brisban
"I knew it was going to be a battle. We play completely different games. It was good tennis_ you can appreciate (both). And I hope I will have more support in the next round," Tsonga, a former top-5 player said after the win, reports Efe news.
Seventh-seed de Miñaur had a slow start, conceding his opening service game, but he managed to draw level at 2-2 as he won two consecutive games after long rallies from the baseline.
Tsonga, who struggled with a knee injury for the most of the 2018 season, gained another service break when it mattered the most; in the ninth game and then sealed the first set in the following game.
Both players held their serve in the following games to force a tie break in which Tsonga won the final five points in a row to clinch the win in their first career match, securing his first semifinal appearance at an ATP event since Feb. 2018.
The 33-year-old Tsonga is set to take on fourth-seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia, who got past Milos Raonic of Canada 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-4.
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