FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY â€“ In the upset of the US Open tournament to date, fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France fell to Slovakia’s Martin Kilzan 6â€‘4, 1â€‘6, 6â€‘1, 6â€‘3 in the second round.
â€œI was coming to the match to play a very solid game,â€ said the 52nd ranked Klizan.Â â€œI wanted to play really good tennis to play with the top star player.
â€œI played very, very well today.Â I mean, I was concentrating each point and I won; I’m very happy that I did.
â€œFirst set 6â€‘4, then I lost 1â€‘6.Â In the first game I was leading Loveâ€‘40 on his serve, so if I break him it’s a little different story then.Â He hold the serve, and then I don’t know what happened, but he started play very good.Â He killed me 6â€‘1.
â€œSo it was a little bit different set than the first one.Â Then again, I started to feel better and better after each point and I won 6â€‘1, and then I broke him first game again the fourth set and I was holding the serve good.Â ThenÂ I made a very, very â€‘â€‘Â a lot of unforced errors when I was leading 4â€‘0.
â€œBut, I don’t know.Â I won 6â€‘3â€
â€œIn the second set I played well,â€ said Tsonga. â€œBut anyway, at the beginning of the second set also it was dangerous for me, and finally I came back.Â I don’t know, today I was not in a good shape.Â I didn’t play, you know, good tennis.
â€œIt seemed like I couldn’t, you know, hit the ball enough hard, you know, to put my opponents out of position.Â I don’t really know why it was like this today, but sometimes it’s happen with me.Â I don’t know, I guess.â€
â€œHe’s like No. 6 in the world and I beat him,â€ Said Klizan.Â â€œI feel great.Â I don’t know what to say.Â I’m very happy, and that’s it.
â€œThird round, I think it’s my best result in my career, and I’m looking forward to play Saturday third round.Â There is a chance to win again.
â€œI was concentrating only on my serve to play good game, and I didn’t look at him, what he’s doing.Â I didn’t care what he’s doing.Â I just was concentrating, thinking straight to me.â€
â€œI’m not very satisfied,â€ Tsonga said.Â â€œI mean, it’s something normal.Â You know, I lost second round.Â I’m used to play round of 16 or quarterfinal.Â Sometimes semis.
â€œI mean, it’s like this.Â It’s tennis, you know.Â Today I didn’t play my best tennis and my opponent was better than me, you know, whole match I think, and that’s it.
â€œI’m disappointed, because anyway, it’s a major and I didn’t lost this round, you know, since couple of years now.
â€œYeah, so I’m disappointed, but anyway, you know, it’s tennis.Â Sometimes you win; sometimes you lost.
â€œOf course, it’s always sad when you lost, but, you know, I will wait for another good moment.Â I will forget it.â€
Klizan will face the winner of Jeremy Chardy â€“ Matthew Ebden for a spot in the fourth round.
Karen Pestaina is covering the US Open as media for Tennis Panorama News. Follow her updates on twitter at @TennisNewsTPN.