Melbourne, Australia – Jo-Wilfred Tsonga rolled into the third round of the Australian Open, while Alex Bogolomov Jr. was dispatched at the first Grand Slam event of the year on Thursday.
France's Tsonga, the tournament's sixth seed, defeated Ricardo Mello of Brazil 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 in straight sets. The 2008 Aussie runner-up committed 44 unforced errors in the match, but also hit 54 winners to advance to the third round.
The 32-seeded Russian Bogolomov dropped the first two sets of his match before taking the next two, but faltered in the fifth set to take a marathon 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 5-7, 6-4 defeat at the hands of France's Michael Llodra.
Also on Thursday, 23rd-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic downed Germany's Philipp Petzschner 6-4, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5, hitting 17 aces and converting on 5-of-7 break chances, and Argentina's Juan Ignacio Chela, the 27th seed, rolled to a 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 decision over Spain's Pablo Andujar.