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MONTPELLIER: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rallied from a set down to beat fellow Frenchman Ugo Humbert 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the first round of the Open Sud de France on Monday.
Tsonga, who has slipped to 210 in the world rankings after a long injury layoff, will next face another compatriot in fourth-seeded Gilles Simon, who received a first-round bye.
Tsonga wasted seven break points but finally took the advantage in the final set, with Humbert visibly disappointed to have lost a second set he dominated.
It was even tougher for Marcel Granollers, who needed three tiebreak sets to prevail 7-6 (3), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5) over Croatian Ivo Karlovic, who turns 40 this month.
Granollers of Spain next faces third-seeded Denis Shapovalov of Canada.
Jeremy Chardy routed lucky loser Adrian Menendez-Maceiras of Spain 6-1, 6-1 in only 47 minutes. Chardy will meet fellow Frenchman Antoine Hoang or Belgian Steve Darcis in the second round.
Goalkeeper Rui Patricio was the hero for Wolves, saving three spot-kicks after their Asia Trophy final against Manchester City went to penalties on Saturday in Shanghai. Wolves won the exhibition tournament 3-2 on penalties after the game against the Premier League champions ended 0-0 after 90 minutes.
Jakarta: PV Sindhu stormed into the final of the Indonesian Open after beating China’s Chen Yu Fei 21-19, 21-10 in the semi-final in Jakarta on Saturday. She will now face Japanese fourth seed Akane Yamaguchi in the final on Sunday. Both players will be playing for their first ever Super 1000 title. Sindhu had reached the semis
South African sprinter Akani Simbine recorded a stunning win in the London Diamond League 100m on Saturday, posting a timing of 9.93 seconds to beat local hope Zharnel Hughes and former world champion Yohan Blake. Hughes had clocked an impressive 9.96 in the heats, despite easing up and running into a slight headwind
Africa Cup of Nations champions Algeria arrived home on Saturday to a hero's welcome from a huge crowd of joyful supporters and a "water salute" for their plane at Algiers airport.