Tsonga, Stuns Federer to Keep France’s Hope Alive, through to the Semi-Final of Roland Garros.

Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga stunned world number two Roger Federer on Day 10 of the French Open to keep the home nation’s hope alive of a first men’s champion for 30 years.

Tsonga Glad to Have Eliminated Federer from the French Open.
Tsonga Glad to Have Eliminated Federer from the French Open.

6th seed Tsonga defeated the Swiss 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 to reach his first semi-final at the Roland Garros, coming up against Spaniard David Ferrer.

“It’s extraordinary to be here and to have won,” Tsonga said. “I never dreamt of this moment. Today was my moment against a champion who has won everything.

“I didn’t think I would get this far without losing a set. But Ferrer has not lost a set as well, he’s in great form.”

The 31-year-old Swiss made the better start to their round-of-16 clash with a break in the fifth game when he fired a forehand winner across the Frenchman.

The same shot let him down in game eight as he soon realised he was pegged back to 4-4, struggling to reduce the error count.

In game 12, Federer fought off three set points from 0-40, the second with a beautiful flicked backhand, but he fired a forehand long moments later to hand over the set.

At the start of the second set, Federer failed to find his rhythm, while Tsonga, who had just three wins in their previous 12 matches, was full of confidence.

Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam champion found out he was 0-40 down again at the start of the second set and the comeback was then an issue of the past as a wayward backhand gave Tsonga a break he wouldn’t relinquish.

Federer was playing to Tsonga’s weaker backhand side and found it in rare form, three magnificent winners getting the home crowd roaring as Tsonga raced to a two-set lead.

The end became obvious for Federer after the Swiss double faulted twice at the start of the third; however, he immediately recovered the break with a forehand winner dragged down the line.

A poor smash let Tsonga back into the game at 3-3 and the Frenchman grabbed the decisive break with a backhand that leapt off the net cord and hit the struggling Swiss.

When Federer fired over the baseline on Tsonga’s second match point the Chatrier stadium reverberated to the sound of ‘Tsonga! Tsonga!’

“I think I struggled a little bit everywhere,” said Federer on his loss to Tsonga. “To be honest, personally, I’m pretty sad about the match and the way I played.”

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