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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Yoshihito Nishioka, empty stands, Roger Federer tennis news

He deserved better than this. Making possibly his final appearance at Roland Garros, French veteran Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was knocked out of the French Open on Tuesday morning AEST, defeated by Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka 6-4 6-2 3-6 7-6.

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Tsonga is a former Australian Open finalist and Olympic silver medallist, winning 18 titles throughout an illustrious 17-year career. But as he enters the twilight of his professional career, the 36-year-old may not get another opportunity to feature in a home grand slam, which makes Tuesday’s defeat all the more upsetting.

Due to Paris’ 9pm curfew, tennis fans are forced to leave the venue before the day’s action at Roland Garros is complete.

Bizarrely scheduled last in the order of play, Tsonga’s round one match was met with dead silence in front of empty stands, the French star waving to just a dozen people as he left the court. “Why to put him so late, when it may be his last Roland Garros … I don’t understand.”

Federer impresses on return.

On Court Philippe Chatrier, Federer kicked off his second French Open campaign in six years with an impressive dismissal of Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin. The 39-year-old Federer, level with Rafael Nadal on 20 grand slam singles titles, saw off Istomin in straight sets 6-2 6-4 6-3.

Federer arrived at Roland Garros, having played only three matches since his Australian Open semi-final loss to Novak Djokovic last year before the Covid-19 pandemic hit.

The Swiss great lost to Pablo Andujar in his first clay-court outing of the season earlier this month in Geneva but struck 48 winners as he raced to victory over Istomin.

He had been keen to play down any thoughts that he could add to his 2009 Roland Garros title in the run-up to the tournament but was more positive after his win.

“For me coming back after many months or over a year of rehab, the light at the end of the tunnel or the measuring stick was always can I come back to a good level against good players,” Federer said.

“I hope Wimbledon is going to be that place. Maybe there’s going to be even something here in Paris. We’ll see.” He will next face 2014 US Open winner Marin Cilic.

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