Jo-Wilfried Tsonga caused a huge upset during the quarter-finals at the Roland Garros 2013, as he knocked out former world no. 1 Roger Federer in straight sets.
The French dream of having a countryman in the final of French Open still exists, thanks to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who dominated the “Swiss Maestro” on his way to the semifinals.
The sixth-seeded Tsonga played one of his better matches ever, if not the best, as he easily won 7-5 6-3 6-3 only dropping serve twice.
After the match Tsonga told reporters: "For me, it's maybe one of my best victories.
"[But] the tournament is not finished, and I hope I will have some more. Sport is beautiful because you can always do something.
"Even if you play the best player in the world, you have a chance. Because the guy in front of you only has two legs, two arms, one head."
Even though Tsonga in the end won in straight sets, it was the Swiss that had the far better start. Federer broke early to gain a comfortable lead looking strong while serving. However, two very weak service games at the later stages of the first set handed it to Tsonga, 7-5.
An unfocused and fractious Federer came out completely out of rhythm in the second set dropping serve immediately in favour of the big serving Frenchman. ”Jo-Willy” who has been playing flawless during the whole tournament used his heavy serve and powerful ground strokes to hold Federer of. He did not drop his serve once during the second set winning it 6-3.
Federer’s struggles continued in the third set as he once again dropped the serve right away. This time, however, he managed to break back in the following game to keep the hope of an unbelievable comeback alive.
Unfortunately, for the man reaching 900 career victories against Gilles Simon in the round of 16, he just could not comprehend with the enormous power that Tsonga brought to the rallies. And as a result of it, in the seventh game of the third set, Jo-Wilfried converted another break point opportunity. He then held comfortably in order to break once again and win the match in front of a thrilled home crowd cheering for their local hero!
"I thought he played great today," said Federer. "He was, in all areas, better than me today. That's why the result was pretty clean. I was impressed by the way he played today. I think I struggled a little bit everywhere. To be honest, personally, I'm pretty sad about the match and the way I played." An emotional Federer told the reporters after the game.
Tsonga will, however, have another major task waiting for him as clay court specialist David Ferrer waits him in the semifinal. Ferrer has, just like Tsonga, not dropped one single set yet, and nothing but an absolute epic encounter can be expected from two players having completely different styles of playing.
"Everybody's been expecting a lot from me since the beginning of this tournament," said Tsonga. "Not only this tournament, but every day. So I'm used to it. Now what is important, is to stay focused, to think about my next match. Because it will be extremely tough against a player who didn't lose a single set and won with a very striking score in the quarter-finals.
"I feel I'm able to beat [Ferrer] because I believe I have the weapons for that. I have more endurance now. I'm more consistent. I hit harder than he does, and normally I serve a lot better than him."
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