Japanese tennis star Yoshihito Nishioka knew it would not be an easy match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga but he was that he was able to play his game and win.
Nishioka, ranked at No. 57 in the world, beat Tsonga 6-4 6-2 3-6 7-6 (5) to reach the second round at the French Open.
Nishioka blew an early fourh-set break but kept his focus as he won the tie-break to seal a win in four sets.
“It was a tough game for me. For sure everybody loves him. Everyone was hoping he was going to beat me. But I was trying [to play] my best tennis, [the best] I can do right now,” Nishioka said on court, as quoted on the ATP website. “It was not an easy game… [I am] very happy to be through to the second round.”
Nishioka plays next Lorenzo Musetti
Musetti beat David Goffin 6-0 7-5 7-6 (3) to reach round two at Roland Garros.
“I think this is the proof that I have the level. Sometimes when I am not focussed and not playing really good, of course my level is not like today. For sure I am playing better when I’m without pressure because today, I was playing really relaxed,” Musetti said. “Of course, it was not easy to win even if I was relaxed. When you play against the [No.]13 in the world, it’s not the same thing [like] playing [someone] worse than you [in] the rankings that you must [beat].”
Musetti failed to serve out for the match in the 10th game of the third set but still escaped with a straight-set win.
“I was a little bit under pressure when I was serving for the match. He was always returning from the baseline really close to the line. He was giving me a lot of pressure,” Musetti said. “I just stayed calm and tried to think at each point, like the last one. I tried to [not] speak, [not] talk. It worked. I am happy about that.”