Jo-Wilfried Tsonga sent Roger Federer crashing out of the French Open quarterfinals yesterday 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 to reach his first semifinal in Paris and first by a home player since Gael Monfils in 2008. The 28-year-will tackle Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer for a place in Sunday’s final.
Victory also helped wipe out the misery of his quarterfinal in Paris last year where he had four match points over Novak Djokovic and lost in five sets.
Asked to describe his relationship with the 53-year-old Noah, Tsonga grinned: “When he sings, I dance. That’s my relationship. When he says something to me, I listen to him. I like him very much. I listen carefully to everything he has to say because he has a lot of common sense, even if people don’t think so. For, it’s true.”
Federer was lacklustre during the match, and despondent after it.
“To be honest, personally, I’m pretty sad about the match and the way I played,” he said. “I’m sent packing home. This is obviously a crushing loss and I’m disappointed, but now I look forward to the grass court season. Especially because it’s been ten years since my first Wimbledon victory.
“Jo played great today, he was in all areas better than me and that’s why the result was pretty clean.”