MELBOURNE, Australia — Judging by how he twirled around the court on Saturday, arms lifted overhead and a huge smile on his face, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has certainly got his Melbourne groove back.
The flashy Frenchman unleashed his trademark victory jig, which never fails to entertain the crowd, after defeating Portugal's Frederico Gil 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the fourth round of the Australian Open.
Tsonga is hoping he can keep dancing into the tournament's final weekend.
He says he's feeling confident about his play and glad to spend less time on the court. After splitting with his coach in April, he's enjoyed some of the best results of his career and ranked No. 6 again.
Tsonga broke through at the 2008 Australian Open as a 22-year-old, beating Rafael Nadal in the semifinals before losing to Novak Djokovic in the final.