Melbourne: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has reached the third round at the Australian Open for the third straight year, beating Brazilian lefthander Ricardo Mello 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday with an ace on match point.
The sixth-seeded Tsonga, who lost to Novak Djokovic in the 2008 final, started off his year with a win at the Qatar Open in Doha, beating fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils in the final.
The right-handed Tsonga has now won 10 of his last 11 matches against lefthanders. His loss in that span was against the tour's highest-ranked lefty, No. 2 Rafael Nadal, in a Davis Cup semifinal last year.