NEW YORK: Ninth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is the first men’s player into the round of 16 at this year’s U.S. Open.
Tsonga beat 23rd-seeded Kevin Anderson — a surprise quarterfinalist in 2015 — 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Friday. Each player had 13 aces, but Tsonga managed to break Anderson’s serve twice while saving all seven break points he faced.
Anderson upset Andy Murray in the fourth round last year at Flushing Meadows, but he’s struggled with injuries this season.
The U.S. Open is the only major at which Tsonga has not reached the semifinals. He was the 2008 Australian Open runner-up.