Tsonga stuns Federer to reach French Open semi-finals | Inquirer Sports

Tsonga stuns Federer to reach French Open semi-finals

/ 12:36 AM June 05, 2013

France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga celebrates defeating Switzerland’s Roger Federer in three sets 7-5, 6-3, 6-3, in their quarterfinal match at the French Open tennis tournament, at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Tuesday June 4, 2013. AP Photo/Petr David Josek

PARIS — Jo-Wilfried Tsonga sent Roger Federer crashing out of the French Open quarter-finals Tuesday to take a step closer to ending France’s 30-year wait for a men’s champion at Roland Garros.

Sixth-seed Tsonga swept to a 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 triumph and will face Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer for a place in Sunday’s final.

The 28-year-will tackle Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer for a place in Sunday’s final.

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Victory also helped wipe out the misery of his quarter-final in Paris last year where he had four match points over Novak Djokovic and lost in five sets.

Federer was bidding to win a record 58th career matches at Roland Garros and reach his 34th Grand Slam semi-final.

The 17-time Grand Slam title winner also had the advantage of a 9-3 career lead over the French star, but Tsonga had been the man to beat Federer from two sets to love down in the Wimbledon quarter-finals in 2011.

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