France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, along with Canadian Milos Raonic, Great Britain's Andy Roddick and Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, all lost their first round matches at the Kooyong Classic. The start of the event, a tune-up for next week's 2012 Australian Open, was delayed due to blustery winds and rain.
Tsonga, won the recent Qatar Open defeating his fellow countryman Gael Monfils, 6-4, 6-3, dropped his first round Kooyong Classic to Austria's Jurgen Melzer, 6-4, 6-3. Raonic fell to top-ranked American, Mardy Fish, 6-1, 6-2 after he was forced to withdraw with flu-like symptoms.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve really felt 100 percent healthy, which I do now," said Fish. "And now I just need the matches and I need to get going again.”
Another American, Roddick, wasn't so lucky, coming up short in his opening-round match, a 7-6(2), 7-6(3) loser to Monfils. Monfils advances to face Australia’s top ranked player, Bernard Tomic, a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 winner over the Czech Republic's Berdych.
“Yeah. I mean, I like to win as much as I can," said Tomic, who faces Monfils next. "Even being in this tournament, this is one of the most serious exhibitions there is. I work on my things as well, and you can only learn and get confidence if you win a few matches under your belt."