Tsonga: 'Shapovalov also deserved to win, I fought until the end'

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Tsonga: 'Shapovalov also deserved to win, I fought until the end'

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga went through a very tough match against Denis Shapovalov in the Australian Open second round on Wednesday. The Frenchman prevailed in five sets, and in press conference he said: 'Since the start, I was behind him. I had to fight a lot and make him finish the match. He never did, so it's good for me. But, yeah, the most important for me, it's to fight, give my best on court until the last point. That's what I did today. I think he deserved to win also today, but I was also courageous and I did my job at the end. I played well. I think I deserve it, too.'

Tsonga won five games in a row to beat his opponent: '5-2 down (in the fifth set), you know it's difficult,' the 32-year-old admitted. 'But you know it's only one break. If you continue to win your serve, he's going to have to finish it. It's never easy to finish the match. To finish a match, it's not easy. Especially when you are young. But there is some young player who can deal a little bit better with this. I think he's pretty good.'

He also added, 'First it's never easy to play a guy who you never play against, especially this kind of player who go for it. You never know what to expect from your baseline. For me, I think it was an advantage to play him for the second time because I knew he was able to do things, crazy things like he did today. I think, yeah, was something great to play him for the second time here.'

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