• Tsonga continues to soar, rolls over Federer

    6/4/13 10:47 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Tsonga continues to soar, rolls over Federer Jo-Wilfried Tsonga takes out Roger Federer in straight sets on Tuesday at Roland Garros. Tsonga is through to a rare semifinal showdown that features none of the Big 4, with David Ferrer on the other side of the net.

    Only a wild French Open complete with one thrilling five-setter after another has prevented Jo-Wilfried Tsonga from stealing the show. On Tuesday, however, the stage was all his.

    Tsonga crushed Roger Federer 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 in one hour and 51 minutes to book a spot in his first-ever semifinal at Roland Garros. The Frenchman, who has still not dropped a single set this fortnight, served at 75 percent, did not double-fault, and recorded a +4 winners-to-errors ratio.

    "For me, it's maybe one of my best victories," Tsonga assured. "Sport is beautiful because you can always do something. Even if you play the best player in the world, you have a chance."

    A chance? The world No. 8 was positively dominant, at least after he briefly trailed 4-2 in the opening set. Tsonga promptly went on a streak in which he won eight of nine games, breaking Federer at 3-4, 6-5, and again at 1-0 in the second. Federer, meanwhile, began to see his game fall apart when he led 4-3, 40-15 in the opener.

    The third-ranked Swiss, who never came close to getting back on level terms in the middle frame, showed signs of a recovery by earning a rare scalp of the Tsonga serve in the second game of the third. However, Federer was already down a break at that point thanks to a double-fault at 0-0, 30-40. Tsonga, though, wasted no time getting the momentum back in his corner. The sixth seed won the last four games of the day starting at 2-3, clinching victory in style with Federer serving at 3-5 when the 2009 French Open champion sent a backhand long.

    "I thought he played great today," Federer said of his conqueror. "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."

    Next up for Tsonga is David Ferrer, who hammered fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-2, 6-1, 6-1.

    Find the latest tennis odds at

Tell a friend »


Tried contacting you by email Ricky.

asap , 6/4/13 11:50 PM

Whoever wins, rafa or nole will win the trophy. I don't think Tsonga or Ferrer can beat either of them.

pennster , 6/5/13 4:07 AM

+4 winners-to-errors ratio? Really? I didn't see that match stats but if that's right those are Sampras Wimbledon numbers. I just saw some of the match on the Tennis Channel replay and the ratio didn't look that wide although I didn't see the whole thing. Good play from Tsonga. Congrats to the Frenchies. They have a local to cheer for in the semis.

chr18 , 6/5/13 4:07 AM

chr18 NO

willmw101 , 6/5/13 6:50 PM

I like them both: Tsonga and Ferrer...although Ferry has been impressive so far let us just look back and get the facts right: Tsonga must still be pumped with adrenaline for beating Fed in straight sets while OTOH we have Ferrer being brilliant over whom? (with all due respect nobody expected Robredo would go beyond the second round)

So, I am almost sure Tsonga with his high confidence and the help from the crowd will beat Ferrer...

natashao , 6/5/13 8:19 PM


I agree with this. Ferrer looks to be dominating but his draw has been very easy. You can't judge his form by the quarterfinal match with Robredo who had no legs after coming back three times to win five setters. I don't mean to take anything away from Ferrer, but I do think that Tsonga is playing some of the best tennis of his career right now. The crowd will be going insane cheering him on and he feeds off them. Ferrer never gives matches away so this will be a tough one.

Tsonga's confidence will be sky high and it was a three set match so no fatigue coming into the semis. I am not ready to make a pick yet, but right now I feel it could go either way.

Nativenewyorker , 6/5/13 9:45 PM

Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

Unibet Mobile prematch,live betting

Unibet Mobile betting Unibet Mobile betting

Scan QR code to access Unibet mobile.
Bet on Sports wherever you are and whenever you like, with Unibet's quick and simple mobile client you can place bets, check results and see live odds.
 For more info about QR codes & scanners click here.

ATP Calendar


Recommend Tennistalk

Follow us

Follow Tennistalk on Facebook Follow Tennistalk on Twitter

Tell a friend

Your name:

Friend's name:

Friend's email:

Other tennis links