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Tsonga sees a bright future for Baker
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has predicted a bright future for Jamie Baker despite easing past the British number three with a routine 6-3 6-2 win at the AEGON Championships.
Baker, who beat Oliver Golding to make the second round on Tuesday, held his serve until the eighth game when Tsonga upped his performance and broke to clinch the first set with 25 minutes on the clock.
"Jamie is a good player. He is solid for his ranking. Maybe this sounds strange, but he maybe needs to be a little bit more crazy, relax and enjoy what he's doing," Tsonga said.
The world number five, who almost beat Novak Djokovic at the French Open earlier this month, broke twice in the second set but the match did not turn in to a complete rout that many had predicted.
Tsonga is now favourite to win at Queen's after Andy Murray's shock three-set defeat to France's Nicolas Mahut, and the second seed could end up facing his compatriot in the final as the two are in the opposite sides of the draw.
However, he still thinks he will have to work hard to lift the title that evaded him last year when he lost to Murray in the final.
"If Andy lost today, it's not because he was not good. It was maybe also because Nicolas was unbelievable," Tsonga added.
"Everybody knows he's able to play fantastic tennis on grass, and he did it today.
"He has played already in a final here. On grass he's maybe one of the best players in the world."