Roger Federer hardly showed any weaknesses in his last 16 meeting with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, winning the match in one hour and 52 minutes.
The Swiss tennis player had two break points with a settled 40-15 ahead in the 10th game of the third set. Tsonga used all his energy to keep himself in the game but was left helpless as Federer slotted home the winning shot on the opposite side of Tsonga’s court.
Federer was looking fantastic from the start of the match after breaking Tsonga’s serve in the second game of the opening set.
It took the whole first four games for world number 10 to get himself present on the scoreboard trailing 3-1 to the Swiss. Federer had no problems after the first 9 games sealing the opening set 6-3.
Tsonga was starting to finally get into the match in the second set. The usual impossible pace of the 28 year-old was making the 32 year-old not have a walk in the park.
Both competitors were playing at the same level for the opening ten games but were separated in the 11th after a frustrating shot for Tsonga clipping the edge of the net giving the Frenchman no chance.
Federer was serving to double his set lead. The 17 time Grand Slam winner had no setbacks throughout the game as he was in the zone to ace the second set point.
Yet again in the match there was a difference between the two as Tsonga could not match up with Federer’s quality. Tsonga showed some frustration in front of the spectators by smashing the ball with his racquet and roaring with anger.
After getting all that anger out of his system, Tsonga performed an impressive comeback in the seventh game from 40-0 down to win on deuce.
Unfortunately for Tsonga, the fightback didn’t effect Federer’s performance much as the four time winner of the tournament went on to seal a place in the quarter-finals.
The win for Federer sets up a quarter final meeting with Andy Murray on Wednesday.
The pair last encountered at last year’s Australian Open semi-finals. Murray’s display was getting better and better against the master of tennis winning a third consecutive game.
The match was decided in four sets, it was a start to Federer’s non Grand Slam season in 2013.
The form Federer is in at the start of the 2014 season is looking very promising and are seeing some old style of tennis that is unbeatable. The former world number one has not conceded a set in his Australian Open campaign so far showing a lot of positives comparing to last year’s run to the semi-finals.
Tsonga could not seal a single break of serve against his round four opponent and only had a few small areas in the match in which he looked in control.
Murray’s fourth round match was scheduled before Federer’s test at the famous Rod Laver Arena. The world number four defeated Stephane Robert in four sets 6-1 6-2 6-7 (6-8) 6-2 conceding a set for the first time at this year’s Australian Open.
Both competitors have had a flying start in the 2014 season but one of them will have to bite the dust.
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