Result: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga too strong for Go Soeda

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga shakes hands with Japan's Go Soeda after their match on January 17, 2013
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Jo Wilfried-Tsonga overcomes Japanese competitor Go Soeda to win on day four of the Australian Open.

Jo Wilfried-Tsonga fought off a strong challenge from Go Soeda this morning to keep his Australian Open campaign alive.

Tsonga used his pace and power to quickly establish a one-set advantage against his experienced Japanese opponent.

Soeda rallied in the second and claimed an early break to build a 5-2 lead as Tsonga struggled in the Melbourne heat.

The former Aussie Open finalist showed his class to respond, forcing a tie-break which he claimed with relative ease.

Tsonga closed out the match despite being put under pressure by a spirited Soeda to win in straight sets 6-3 7-6(1) 6-3 and progress to round three.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France leaps in the air to celebrate his first round win over Michael Llodra  at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 15, 2013
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