Alex Molcan reacts to beating 'legend' Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

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Alex Molcan reacts to beating 'legend' Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Slovakia's Alex Molcan was thrilled after beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as he considers the Frenchman a legend of the game. Molcan, ranked at No. 47 in the world, saw off Tsonga 6-4 6-4 in the Lyon first round. It was the first and probably the last meeting between Molcan and Tsonga as the Frenchman is set to retire at the French Open.

"I am really happy I won today. It was a pleasure to play against Jo," Molcan said in his on-court interview, per the ATP Tour website. "He is a legend of the sport and I am really happy I could play him at least once in my career.

I remember him playing, he was unbelievable. The emotions, everything."

Molcan saw off Tsonga in straight sets

No break points were seen until the seventh game of the first set, when Tsonga saved three break points to go 4-3 up.

Molcan maybe didn't get the first break in the seventh game but broke Tsonga in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead, before routinely serving out for the first set in the following game. After losing the first set, Tsonga had a great chance to make a strong start to the second set but he blew four break points in the second game.

Tsonga paid the price for blowing four break points as Molcan earned the first break of the second set in the eighth game to take a 3-2 lead. One break of serve was enough for Molcan, who routinely held on to his serve the rest of the match to complete a straight-set win.

Molcan is playing in Lyon for the first time in his career. Next up for Molcan is Karen Khachanov, who defeated Gilles Simon in his Lyon opener. Molcan and Khachanov have no previous meetings and Molcan will be looking to continue his solid clay season when he takes on the Russian. Earlier this clay season, Molcan finished runner-up in Marrakech.