Ferrer vs Tsonga Roland Garros 2013 semi-final preview

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David Ferrer vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga French Open 2013 semi-final previewCourt Philippe Chatrier – after Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic

With Nadal and Djokovic duking it out in the other side of the draw, this match guarantees a new finalist at Roland Garros. Ferrer has often been seen as the best of the rest at No.5 in the rankings but never seen in the same league as the four men above him due to his slam performances in which he is yet to make a final. Tsonga has failed to push on since his 2008 Australian Open final picking up the odd statement win but not consistently making the semi finals. Both men have had a fairly easy time of it up to now with neither play dropping a set. Ferrer defeated the comeback king Tommy Robredo for the loss of just four games to end his dream run while Tsonga recovered from a break down to send a disappointing Roger Federer packing fairly quickly.

Ferrer’s Run To The Semi Final

QF def. T. Robredo 6-2 6-1 6-1
4R 
def. K. Anderson 6-3 6-1 6-1
3R 
def. F. Lopez 6-1 7-5 6-4
2R 
def. A. Montanes 6-2 6-1 6-3
1R  
def. M. Matosevic 6-4 6-3 6-4

Tsonga’s Run To The Semi Final

QF def. R. Federer 7-5 6-3 6-3
4R def. V. Troicki 6-3 6-3 6-3
3R def. J. Chardy 6-1 6-2 7-5
2R def. J. Nieminen 7-6(6) 6-4 6-3
1R  def. A. Bedene 6-2 6-2 6-3

Head to Head

Ferrer leads 2-1

Ferrer leads 1-0 on clay

Although not as glamorous a tie as the other semi final, this match definitely is just as intriguing. This is the biggest match of Ferrer’s career with the chance to make his first slam final on his favoured surface. Often accused of coming up small against the elite, the draw has worked in his favour to allow him a run to the final without having to play one of the big four. Meanwhile, Tsonga has already made a slam final in his career but this would be so much bigger given the lack of French interest in the second week of slams on the Men’s Singles side. The home crowd will be well behind the Frenchman but will he rise to the occasion? With a victory here, he can become the first Frenchman in a French Open final since Henri Leconte in 1988. While Tsonga could play a safer style against Federer in the last round, he will be expected to force the issue in this match.

Prediction

Ferrer in 5

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