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    TOKYO -- Second-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga needed four match points to beat Gael Monfils 6-3, 7-6 (8) on Monday to advance to the second round of the Japan Open. Nate Schmidt Jersey . Tsonga fired 11 aces and didnt drop a service game in the match to improve his record to four wins in five tour-level matches against his French compatriot. After Tsonga got the decisive break of the first set in the second game, the second set went with serve until the tiebreaker. Monfils rallied from a 5-1 deficit to level the tiebreaker at 5-5, then fought off three match points before Tsonga sealed the victory. "I started well and played offensively," Tsonga said. "I know this is the only way for me to beat Gael." Tsonga began the year strongly, reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and the semifinals at the French Open. After finishing runnerup to Andy Murray at Queens, however, Tsonga was forced to retire with a knee injury in the second round at Wimbledon and did not enter the U.S. Open as a result. "I have not played much in the last two or three months, so it will take me time to adjust," said Tsonga, adding that was cramping near the end of the match. In other first-round action, sixth-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain beat German qualifier Benjamin Becker 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3) and Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine defeated Daniel Brands of Germany 6-3, 6-1. Top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina was scheduled to play Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in a first-round match on Tuesday, when defending champion Kei Nishikori was due to meet Jurgen Melzer of Austria. Cody Eakin Jersey .J. -- Omar Cummings helped the Houston Dynamo advance to the MLS Eastern Conference finals. Griffin Reinhart Jersey . Fellow Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain also had a brace for Napoli. And Samuel Etoo scored for his fourth different team. On a night of standout individual performances Wednesday, Schalke goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand had a game hell want to forget.TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger gathered for the latest installment of Insider Trading and the topics discussed were Tim Thomass professional tryout with the Panthers, the status of contract extension talks between the Canucks and the Sedin twins, the Rangers negotiations with Henrik Lundqvist on an extension and restricted free agent Derek Stepan on a new deal, the chances of free agent Brenden Morrow signing with a new team, as well the NHLs new rule that sees a minor penalty given to a player who removes his helmet prior to a fight. Why are the Florida Panthers taking a chance on a 39-year-old Tim Thomas who hasnt played in 17 months? Pierre LeBrun: For Dale Tallon, hes got a young goalie in Jakob Markstrom that struggled at times last season when given the No. 1 mantle. Dale Tallon wants Tim Thomas to come in and be a mentor for Jakob Markstrom just as he was for Tuukka Rask in Boston. Now, hes 39. He hasnt played in a year-and-a-half. All indications are that hes in pretty good shape and hes going to hit the ice for the first time on Tuesday, but its a tryout. If this doesnt work out, there are no strings attached. In the end, this is about Markstrom so that he isnt overwhelmed at being No. 1. Bob McKenzie: This is also about Tim Thomas knowing that theres an Olympics this year. People realize that this is a long shot and he hasnt played in over a year, but just for the record the Team USA had added him to their long list. That didnt just happen today in light of what happened with the Florida Panthers. It was actually done in the summer. David Poile and Team USA are not taking any chances. Tim Thomas is on the long list of players eligible to be named to Team USA. Are the Canucks and Sedins getting any closer on dollar figure and what kind of term that were talking about? What about the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist? Darren Dreger: Yes, because theyre talking about it on almost a daily basis, so they are inching towards it. J.P. Barry, who represents Daniel and Henrik Sedin, met with Canucks management on Thursday. They talked again on Friday and it was quiet over the weekend. Claes Elefalk, who represents the twins out of Sweden, has made his way over to Canada, so the expectation is that negotiations will continue this week, perhaps, midweek. The tricky part is going to be the term. You know what the dollars are going to be. Certainly, theyre going to get a raise better than their current $6.1 mill. per year, but is it a three-year term, four-year term, five-year term? The Canucks will likely want a lower end term and the players are going to want a four or five-year term. Bob McKenzie: And thats also the thorny issue there could be with Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers. When Henrik Lundqvists current deal expires and hes on an extension, heell be 33-years-old on the first year of that extension. Brandon Pirri Jersey. Do you want to give a 33-year-old goaltender, as good as Henrik Lundqvist is and as much as he means to the New York Rangers, a long term deal or do you want it shorter? Don Meehan, the agent for Henrik Lundqvist, was in Manhattan last week talking with Glen Sather from the New York Rangers. Nobodys sounding any alarm bells, but there is that issue of term. Everybody knows that Lundqvist is going to get north of the $7 mill. a year that Pekka Rinne and Tuukka Rask get, the highest-paid goaltenders in the NHL, but the question is how long is it going to be and how much more than $7 mill.? What about a contract for Derek Stepan while were with the Rangers? Bob McKenzie: Still no word on the restricted free agent. The word out of New York is that not only is he looking for Matt Duchene money, which is a bridge deal of two years and $3.5 mill. per year, the word out of New York is that hes actually looking for somewhere north of $3.5 mill. a year. The Rangers sound like theyre prepared to pay $3 mill. or $3 mill. and change, but right now, there is still a significant distance. With the cap down to $64.3 mill., there are a lot of unrestricted free agents who have been frozen out of this, does Brenden Morrow get a contract? Pierre LeBrun: Ive never been asked on Twitter more about what “PTO” met than whats happening here over the last month. Brenden Morrow doesnt want a PTO. He wants to sign an honest-to-goodness NHL contract, so hes sitting at home, working out and waiting for that. Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are among the contenders that are keeping an eye on Brenden Morrow, but they dont have any cap room to sign him right now, so theyre just waiting to see what transpires. Carolina Hurricanes, with the Kirk Muller-Dallas connection, they also value Brenden Morrow, but again, right now nothing imminent on that front. Theyre going to have to wait and be patient. New rule this year - you cant talk your helmet off for a fight or its an extra two-minute penalty. We saw David Broll and Doug Clarkson get penalized for that, but is there concern that its a meaningless rule? Darren Dreger: A bit toothless, yes, because it makes sense that, if one player removes his helmet, then the other player, who is a willing combatant in this fight, takes his helmet off as well, each player gets a five-minute fighting major and a two-minute minor for removing the helmet and, effectively, its a wash. There are some in the league who wanted it to be an automatic game misconduct or, perhaps, be cumulative, but the players association wasnt onside with that because it becomes a bit too prohibitive and the players around the National Hockey League still want to protect the role of the fighter.   Wholesale Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys 2019 China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Store Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '