Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the No. 12 seed, recorded his 30th match win (30-9) at The Championships on Wednesday for a place in the third round. It was his 600th tour-level match (413-187).
The 32-year-old Frenchman capitalised on lapses in concentration from qualifier Simone Bolelli in a 6-1, 7-5, 6-2 victory over one hour and 55 minutes.
Tsonga was largely in control throughout the pair’s fourth meeting, but Bolelli unravelled in a wild game of errors at 5-5 in the second set, culminating at 0/40 in one of his 14 unforced errors off his forehand. Tsonga converted five of his 13 break point opportunities and struck 32 winners.
“Today, it was good because I won,” said Tsonga, smiling. “That’s the most important thing, I think, to win. I think I can play even better. And I have to if I want to do better in this tournament.”
It has been 71 years since a Frenchman lifted the title at The Championships, when Yvon Petra beat Australia’s Geoff Brown in five sets for the 1946 title. Tsonga has reached the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2011 (l. Novak Djokovic) and in 2012 (l. Murray).
He will next play No. 24 seed Sam Querrey, who beat Novak Djokovic in last year’s third round. Querrey fired 32 aces and won all 11 of his points at the net to beat Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in one hour and 51 minutes.
Watch Highlights: Querrey v. Basilashvili
“Sam is playing well – that’s not a new story,” said Tsonga. “He’s playing well on this surface. He always has been very dangerous on this surface. So for me it’s a really serious match. I hope I will be able to play good tennis and be even more focused than today.”
Tsonga leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 4-1, including a second-round win at 2014 Wimbledon. “He’s a great player. He’s played really well here in the past… It always seems like he’s ready to go here, always plays well,” Querrey said of Tsonga. “I’m going to need to serve big. I’m going to probably have fewer break opportunities than I’ve had in my last two matches.”
Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz, who reached the 2013 semi-finals, recorded his 100th tour-level match in beating French No. 14 seed Lucas Pouille 7-6(4), 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-1 over two hours and 45 minutes. Pouille reached last year’s quarter-finals (l. to Berdych). Janowicz, who struck 47 winners, will now face another Frenchman, Benoit Paire, who overcame his compatriot Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6(4), 6-1, 6-4.
Watch Highlights: Janowicz v. Pouille
In one first-round match carried over from Tuesday, Italian No. 32 seed Paolo Lorenzi broke an 11-match grass-court losing streak by beating Horacio Zeballos 7-6(3), 4-6, 7-6(8), 7-5. Lorenzi saved two set points at 4-5, 15/40 in the first set, then four set points at 3/6 and 7/8 in the third set tie-break and recovered from a 2-4 deficit in the fourth set. He will now challenge #NextGenATP American Jared Donaldson.