Tsonga ousts Evans to set up Wawrinka encounter

By Peter Thompson 22 January 2017
Tsonga ousts Evans to set up Wawrinka encounter

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ended Dan Evans' surprise Australian Open run by coming from a set down to reach the quarter-finals.

Tsonga will face US Open champion Stan Wawrinka in the  last eight after seeing off surprise package Evans 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 6-4 6-4 at Hisense Arena on Sunday.

Evans was in uncharted territory at a grand slam after shocking Marin Cilic and Bernard Tomic, but the unseeded Englishman came unstuck against the powerful Tsonga.

Tsonga, a runner-up in Melbourne nine years ago, raised his game after losing a first-set tie-break and broke four times to move into the last eight.

The 12th seed racked up 17 aces and unleashed some thunderous forehand winners after Evans had made an encouraging start, with his positive approach of coming into the net paying off.

Tsonga saved all four break points and served out the match to love as Evans was left to rue making 42 unforced errors and double-faulting 11 times, but bowing out with his head held high.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN 

Tsonga [12] bt Evans 6-7 [4-7] 6-2 6-4 6-4

 

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS   

Tsonga – 59/29

Evans – 43/42

 

ACES  

Tsonga – 17

Evans – 8

 

BREAK POINTS WON  

Tsonga – 4/14

Evans – 0/4

 

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE  

Tsonga – 66

Evans – 70

 

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE

Tsonga – 81/61

Evans – 73/37

 

TOTAL POINTS  

Tsonga – 145

Evans – 120

 

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