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The semi final between No.1 seed Roger Federer and No.10 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga promises to be great as both Federer and Tsonga fought back from being down in their quarter final matches to show some superb and exciting tennis.
The 1.88 metre Tsonga won his match against Novak Djokovic to move to 5 wins to 2 losses against Djokovic. Federer has a much tougher time against Djokovic than Tsonga does with Federer losing 3 of the past 5 matches against Djokovic. Tsonga played inspired tennis to defeat Djokovic in 5 sets 7-6 (10-8), 6-7 (5-7), 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 and showed no signs of fatigue.
The 28 year old Federer is going for his 16th Grand Slam singles title and has extended his world record for the most consecutive semi final or better results in Grand Slam singles events to an amazing 23 in a row! The Swiss beat Nikolay Davydenko in 4 sets 2-6, 6-3, 6-0, 7-5.
The 1.85 metre Federer was close to being 2 sets to love down against Davydenko and Tsonga has beaten Federer before. In fact their head to head results in the past are squared at 1 win each and both matches were played on hard courts. The 24 year old Tsonga of France won their last match in 2009 at the Montreal Masters 1000 and Federer won back in 2008 at the Madrid Masters 1000 event.
Federer is the heavy favourite and it is hard to bet against his consistency in winning Grand Slam matches but somebody has got to do it. Tsonga has a great chance to win and is pumped up, it would be great for men’s tennis if another one of the younger players especially somebody as like able and adored by the fans could win the Australian Open instead of the ageing Federer just adding another number to his record tally.
Federer is not unbeatable he was being outplayed by Davydenko in his interview after that match Federer said, “Was in a tough situation at 6‑2, 3‑1 down and 15‑40 on my serve. I knew I wasn’t looking very good, you know. But that’s the beauty of best of five sets. I wasn’t panicking, even though I maybe would have lost the second set had I lost another point there at that stage.”
When asked in his interview after beating Novak Djokovic in 5 sets 7-6 (10-8), 6-7 (5-7), 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the quarter final what he has to do to beat Federer Tsonga said, “What do I have to do? I have to play my best tennis. Roger played unbelievable today again, because Nikolay was in good shape, so it’s gonna be tough. But like today, I will give everything and we will see.”
Tsonga was also asked if it was good to know that he has beaten Federer before and whether that gave him confidence for tomorrow’s semi final to which Tsonga replied, “Yeah, of course. Of course. I know I can do that, but it was completely different. Now I have to win three sets, and it’s gonna be difficult for sure.”
Tsonga can do it he has been to the final before and he can go one better this year! His interview indicates he is in the right frame of mind and he has a big game with a wide variety of ways to win, which is always great to watch. Tsonga is in full flight in Melbourne this year as captured in the picture above and switching to the French made racquets this year seems to have given him an extra edge.
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