World No 338 Thiago Monteiro stuns Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in Brazil
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil): Jo-Wilfried Tsonga suffered a shock defeat in the Rio Open as he lost in three sets to world number 338 Thiago Monteiro.
France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga returns to Thiago Monteiro during a Round One match in Rio de Janeiro, Brazi on Wednesday. PICs/Getty Images
Tsonga, third seed and ranked ninth in the world, was beaten 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 by the Brazilian, who was playing his first ever ATP World Tour singles match.
Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro celebrates his win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Wednesday
Fifth-seed Dominic Thiem enjoyed a less eventful day, easing past Argentinian Diego Schwartzman 7-5, 7-5 while seventh seed Fabio Fognini was forced to retire when a set up against Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver due to an intercostal injury.
The wet weather in Rio wiped out the evening schedule.