The match started well for Nadal, who broke Tsonga in the very first game despite being 0-40 down and then once more in the 5th game, which secured him the first set.
Three time former champion Nadal got ahead of the Frenchman in set 2 by taking his serve at 2-2 and was serving for the match at 5-4. It all looked done and dusted, but Tsonga had different plans. He broke back and when Nadal dropped his serve at 5-6, the match was levelled.
Both players stepped up their level in the third set and the crowd saw some high quality tennis. Nadal had to ask for a trainer a couple of times (left thigh), but it didn’t seem to be that serious. It was the world no.2 who got the first break in the 9th game. Just like in the second set, he was serving for the match at 5-4 and the story almost repeated itself. Tsonga had a couple of break points, but Nadal saved them this time and set up a semifinal encounter against Andy Murray.
Murray beat Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia in the previous quarterfinal, winning 4-6 6-3 6-4.