Ferrer overcomes Tsonga to set up French Open final against Nadal

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David Ferrer put in another great performance to see off Tsonga at Roland Garros 2013 and set up a final clash against Rafa Nadal.

To the disappointment of the Paris audience, fourth seed Ferrer reached his first Grand Slam final by dismissing local matador Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets. The sixth-seeded Frenchman, who played his first French Open semis at Court Philippe Chartrier today, had problems getting on the board in the set number one and had to avert three set points to avoid a bagel, but he was unable to prevent the Spaniard serving out the set in the follow-up game.

The home crowd favorite opened the second set by escaping to 3-0, yet Ferrer seized two breaks in a row before suffering another loss of serve – the result was thus 4-4. Tsonga squandered an opportunity to level the terms two games later, yet the set would ultimately finish in a tie-break where the Spaniard went 5-1 ahead and eventually tucked away the third set ball.

The domestic player was now facing an uphill battle and he could do nothing to turn the tide as he fell one break behind by 4-1 in the third set which meant the match was getting out of his reach. Tsonga held his following serve, but he gave away another one a couple of games later – Ferrer thus completed his 6-1, 7-6 (3), 6-2 triumph after not more than two hours and six minutes of play to move into Roland Garros finals where he will try to deny his compatriot Nadal bagging the eighth French Open title.

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