ATP Monte-Carlo – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga loses in round 1 to Marin Cilic, 2-6, 2-6

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga says goodbye to Monte Carlo! A few days after announcing his planned retirement for the next Roland-Garros, Tsonga took his final steps on Monday at the Masters 1000 in Monte-Carlo. The Frenchman was defeated 6-6, 6-2 by a very serious Marin Cilic in 1 hour and 7 minutes, showing no real resistance against the Croatian and therefore exiting the Rock through the back door.

There was no doubt that Tsonga’s final tournaments would be complicated, but it was hard to imagine that it would be. The severely disabled Frenchman never knew how to approach the fight against a very serious and hardworking Cilic. On a surface like clay, the lack of intensity doesn’t help produce quality play, and Tsonga illustrated that for us.

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From the first game, the Manceau showed a worrying slowness in his movements. Pushed by very well-placed attacks, Tsonga offered plenty of points. Broken twice in the first set, he also suffered a lot from the Croatian’s service, very precise in the face-off, result of the first set: 6:2 for Cilic.

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Even if the intensity in the first round wasn’t exactly on point, the audience tried to push their darling. Winning the first game of the round could have sounded like a revolution in Tsonga’s mind. But his body decided otherwise. Although the Frenchman’s powerful forehand made Cilic wince at times, his dangerous moves weighed on him much more.

After saving his face-off, Tsonga finally collapsed and offered his opponent two breaks on a silver platter. Defeated 6-2, 6-2 for the Frenchman who bids farewell to the clay courts of Monte-Carlo. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is starting his anniversary in the worst possible way but still has time to prepare for one final run at Roland-Garros worthy of one of the greatest French players in history.

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