Muller Ousts Tsonga At Quimper Challenger

Alexandre Muller and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (photo: Marion Mochet)

QUIMPER/STARNBERG, January 26, 2022

French qualifier Alexandre Muller continued his good run of form this week on home soil by reaching the quarterfinals of the Open Quimper Bretagne Occidentale ATP Challenger 80 tournament. The World No. 226 ended the comeback of former Top 10 star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France with a hard-fought 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 second-round win on Wednesday evening.

Muller withstood nine aces and broke Tsonga’s serve four times to seal victory in two hours and four minutes. Tsonga was playing his first match on the Pro Circuit since Wimbledon in July last year. The 24-year-old Poissy native will next take on his compatriot Gregoire Barrere, who won the all-French encounter with Lucas Pouille 6-4, 6-3 in 62 minutes.


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Earlier in the day, Damir Dzumhur knocked out World No. 91 and the tournament’s top seed Henri Laaksonen from Switzerland 6-4, 6-3 in one of three remaining first-round encounters. The 29-year-old from Bosnia and Herzegovina sent down three aces and won 86 per cent of his first-service points to seal victory in one hour and 11 minutes.

Dzumhur will next take on Russian qualifier Andrey Kuznetsov, who beat 17-year-old French wild card entry and 2021 Roland-Garros Boys’ singles champion Luca van Assche 7-6(5), 6-2 in one hour and 25 minutes.

RESULTS – WednesdaySingles – Second Round[3] D. Novak (AUT) d [Q] E. Furness (FRA) 64 64[6] J. Sousa (POR) d C. Lestienne (FRA) 63 26 63G. Barrere (FRA) d L. Pouille (FRA) 64 63[Q] A. Muller (FRA) d [WC] J. Tsonga (FRA) 62 46 64First RoundD. Dzumhur (BIH) d [1] H. Laaksonen (SUI) 64 63[Q] A. Kuznetsov (RUS) d [WC] L. Van Assche (FRA) 76(5) 62[Q] T. Van Rijthoven (NED) d A. Hoang (FRA) 76(2) 63

Doubles – Quarterfinals[2] A. Olivetti (FRA) / D. Vega Hernandez (ESP) d A. Kuznetsov (RUS) / R. Safiullin (RUS) walkoverK. Jacquet (FRA) / T. Lamasine (FRA) d J. Forejtek (CZE) / M. Vrbensky (CZE) 75 64First Round[3] S. Doumbia (FRA) / F. Reboul (FRA) d S. Mochizuki (JPN) / M. Moeller (GER) 62 67(1) 11-9M. Moraing (GER) / D. Novak (AUT) d V. Cornea (ROU) / F. Fallert (GER) 46 64 10-3A. Kuznetsov (RUS) / R. Safiullin (RUS) d G. Kravchenko (UKR) / H. Moriya (JPN) 62 62