Tsonga outguns determined Jasika
Rising star Omar Jasika went down fighting against Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Next-generation Australian hopeful Omar Jasika has been beaten in straight sets by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Jasika pushed the ninth-seeded Frenchman hard, but eventually lost out 7-5 6-1 6-4 in 103 minutes.
The 18-year-old showed glimpses of his potential, engaging his fine running game to win a stunning rally and break the Frenchman in the fifth game of the first set.
He was immediately broken back, then showed his heart to recover from 0-40 to hold serve.
Tsonga broke in the 12th game to claim a tight first set and never looked back.
The third set was a fight, with Jasika claiming a 20-shot rally that showed his determination.
But without the Frenchman’s weapons, he was unable to break the 2008 Australian Open finalist, who will play countryman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the third round.
Tsonga, who also paused to help a young ballgirl seek treatment for a blood nose, praised his young opponent.
“At the start he played really well and got on top of me … he’s got a different game than older players,” he said.
“He’s very talented.
“I started to understand a bit more and I played well, I’m really happy to get through.”