• Ferrer faces Tsonga in French Open semifinal

    6/6/13 11:34 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Ferrer faces Tsonga in French Open semifinal World No. 5 David Ferrer looks to reach his first Grand Slam final with a victory over World No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The winner moves on to face either World No. 1 Novak Djokovic or seven-time champion Rafael Nadal.

    Fourth seed David Ferrer holds a narrow 2-1 series edge against sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, having won their only previous clay-court meeting at the 2010 event in Rome. Ferrer won the quarterfinal clash in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1.

    "I think it's quite normal (that) the crowd is going to be supporting Jo," Ferrer explained. "He's French and I am very happy he's made it that far. I'll do everything I can to make it to the final. I have to remain focused.

    "I do realise it's not the first round of a smaller tournament. It's a semifinal. But I'm not going to start dreaming and celebrate before it's time. It's one match. That's it."

    Ferrer advanced to his second straight French Open semifinal after taking out 32nd-seeded compatriot Tommy Robredo, 6-2, 6-1, 6-1. With a victory on Friday, the 31-year-old veteran is through to his first career Grand Slam final.

    Tsonga made the semifinal following his straight-set upset of second seed Roger Federer. The 28-year-old Frenchman cane through the match in an hour and 51 minutes, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3.

    "Everybody's been expecting a lot from me since the beginning of this tournament," Tsonga assessed. "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 quarterfinals.

    "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."

    Tsonga is seeking his second Grand Slam final after making his first at the 2008 Australian Open.

    Prediction: Ferrer in four sets.

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lets go ferrer.Its time to make that 1st final!

ferrer15 , 6/7/13 12:29 AM

Tsonga in 4. I wouln't be surprised if he ends up winning it in a 5th, either.

Emiliano55 , 6/7/13 1:02 AM

The French are hurting Tsonga's potential chances. The first match is going to go 5 hours. Tsonga and Ferrer aren't going to finish before dark. They're going to finish their match Saturday so even if Tsonga wins he'll have no day off before the final. It's not like the winner of the first match won't be a huge favorite anyway. I bet NBC is pissed. They get Tsonga and Ferrer lol.

chr18 , 6/7/13 1:21 AM


Why are you so concerned about the Tsonga/Ferrer semifinal match? Also, why would the French want to in any way hurt their guy's chances? My understanding is that French tv wanted that match played second.

Also, how can you be so sure that this time Rafa and Nole will go at it for 5 hours? Nobody knows that for sure. They didn't go 5 hours last year in the final.

The sun doesn't set in France until something like 9 pm, correct? But I don't know why you seem so stressed over it.

Nativenewyorker , 6/7/13 2:42 AM

Oh and before you remind me, I do remember that last year they had to stop play and resume the next day because of rain. But weather won't be a factor this year because the forecast is for sunny skies. I can think of no reason why the French would want to somehow make it harder for Tsonga in the semis.

Nativenewyorker , 6/7/13 2:44 AM

1. I'm not 'so concerned'. As I stated the winner of that match likely will be holding the plate on Sunday in any case.
2. I never said the French wanted to hurt Tsonga's chances. Their short-sightedness very well could though. I understand the French TV thing and why they want it in prime time.
3. Isn't it obvious that Djoker/Nadal is virtually the final? It's ridiculous that it is the opening act rather than the headliner. That's like making the Beatles open for Pink.

chr18 , 6/7/13 3:20 AM


Of course it's obvious that Rafa/Noleis is virtually the final. That's what we have all been saying. They were both put in the same half of the draw. Nothing we can do about that.

Many times networks are short-sighted. They are the reason that the USO has Super Saturday. But I read that the contract with the networks will be up and beginning in 2014 there will no longer be any Super Saturday. The USO will revert to the same schedule as the other slams. No more of the men having to play semis and finals back to back.

Nativenewyorker , 6/7/13 4:42 AM

For a long time now TV channels have called the tune and tournament organisers bow to their demands because they are dependent on the income from TV rights. And the TV companies are beholden to the sponsors who plough money into tennis and advertisers who pay mega bucks for slots during the tournament. Gate money is but a tiny drop in the ocean. The exception is the AELTA who run Wimbledon and are independently wealthy and at the moment are in a position to resist demands with which they dont agree.

NNY: This background to the ESPN battle to win the Wimbledon rights will interest you.

ed251137 , 6/7/13 4:53 AM

At least they're starting the Nole/Rafa duel quite early. Even if it does last 5 hours, Tsonger/Ferrer could have 3 hours of daylighty.
Of course, if it rains the schedule suffers horribly anyway.
#AndyRafUSOpen :(

deuce , 6/7/13 7:35 AM

"That's like making the Beatles open for Pink." I'm glad you stopped at Pink. Had you added the word Floyd, there would have been a major debate.

samprallica , 6/7/13 7:56 AM

ed251137 , 6/7/13 8:33 AM

ed251137, 6/7/13 4:53 AM,

Thanks so much for that link! I am so pleased that ESPN managed to get the new contract with Wimbledon. I cannot stand it when networks like NBC broadcast the slams. This business of tape delayed broadcasts is just unacceptable in today's world. That's what NBC will be doing with the Tsonga/Ferrer semifinal. Where I live in L.A. it will be broadcast at 11:00 AM, hours later.

I also like the way ESPN and the tennis channel work together and split coverage. If ESPN has prior sporting commitments, then they give the tennis channel the coverage. From this article it does seem as though ESPN is going to air the matches on more of its channels and also online.

This is good news!

Nativenewyorker , 6/7/13 8:40 AM

Ferrer draw the first blood to go up 2-0 in the first set

Vamos Ferrer. Woooohooooo !!!

Raindrops , 6/7/13 6:26 PM

Come on Tsonga make a match of it! Want this to go to 5 sets so the winner of this match will be just as tired as Rafa!

holdserve , 6/7/13 6:43 PM

I knew Tsonga would come out flat, he expended a lot of emotional energy in the Federer match........

rafaisthebest , 6/7/13 6:45 PM

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