Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was eliminated entrance Bercy, beating by Kei Nishikori 1-6, 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (8/6) after having two match points. Happened in his own words “without certainty” to Paris, he illusion for a set. Japanese Kei Nishikori took a big drop in speed to hang and win.
Manceau committed 57 unforced errors in the match. And maybe he will leave Richard Gasquet opponent Nishikori in the eighth-finals, the task of defending the French colors at the Masters in London.
Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had only 65 points behind the Race. A trifle that could tip the end of season one or the other. But bowing from his opening match at Bercy, Manceau left the way open to Beziers, which is French No.1 at the end of the week.
Gasquet had put pressure on him winning in pain, her first single at the expense of Fernando Verdasco after 2:40 of play Tsonga suffered more, and could not stay alive. Opposed to Kei Nishikori, who had beaten twice in their three previous duels, the French No.1 was first put things in order. Under the eyes of his new coaches, Escude and Ascione, he first assured his basic: service, attack, fly. In 25 minutes, he pocketed the first inning without yielding a single point when his first ball going. Of fine workmanship.
A slow death
Then, a little bit less good. A fourth game awful to give his commitment and see the Nippon lead (3-1). But recollait at 4-4, and even had two opportunities to perform in turn a break at 5-5. But he committed two unforced errors in return forehand. And Nishikori 6-5, it was to save a set point before leveling 6-6 on its second opportunity. In the deciding game, he took the lead (3-1), before committing too many errors (4-5). And last three catastrophic points concluded by three big mistakes, offered on a platter the handle Nishikori (7/4). After 1:30, the two were back to back, and the 19th World took the opportunity to benefit from physiotherapy treatments.
After the interruption, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga began badly, continuing errors to be conducted (0-40). But he reacted and avoided the break (1-0). Less mobile victim “more than cramps knee pain” as he later admitted, the French did not play as smoothly. “It was very difficult to train lately. I lack of fitness.” At 2-2, he saved a break point. An arm without leg is much more difficult to earn points. The Japanese service games were hardly played, those of French always painful to win.
Three double faults in the tiebreak
The tiebreak, Tsonga started with a double-fault. But Nishikori is missed turn and, as the second set, the top seed N.8 led (3-1). And as to the second, his opponent recollait (3-3). At 5-5, a superb acceleration forehand uncrossed, he offered a match. On its service. But he committed his second double fault of the decisive Thurs He came to the net to offer one second (7-6). On opposing service. Nishikori and the fading of an ace on the second ball! Then for a second to turn the opportunity to conclude (8-7). And the third double fault Tsonga, an error of more than one meter, the condemned. “My legs did not want to go,” as he slipped explanation.
This defeat has virtually Richard Gasquet his ticket to the Masters in London. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is now excluded from the race. And he does not even know whether he will go to Masters as a replacement if its classification allows. For the first time in his career, he did not cross a single round in Bercy, after 15 aces and eight double-faults. In his first match under the leadership duo Ascione-Escude, the French No.1 lost big. And he should give up his rank of French No.1 in Gasquet. But above all he must heal to return in full possession of his next season. “I have to rebuild myself, repeat myself a big physical body,” he noted, without being shot, “I just smile because it’s the only time I could play as I usual. For a long time I had not played like that. “