HALLE – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga said it would be “something special” to face Roger Federer in the second round of the ATP tournament in Halle after he beat compatriot Benoit Paire in straight sets on Tuesday.
“I am happy to have won, because Benoit is a dangerous player. It is always difficult to dominate against him, you always feel like the game can change at any moment,” Tsonga told AFP.
Tsonga broke Paire’s serve early in the first set and looked the better player as he battled to a 6-4 7-5 win to set up a potential meeting with Federer, who later plays Australian John Millman.
“It is always something special to play Roger,” said Tsonga.
The 30-year-old Paire, infamous for his on-court tantrums, was given a warning in the first set after throwing his racket, but had the crowd laughing in the second when he and Tsonga, 34, engaged in a spontaneous keepy-uppy rally.