• Wimbledon

Tsonga pleased with underdog tag against Murray

ESPN staff
July 5, 2012
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga says he is up for the challenge © PA Photos

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is not concerned by the overwhelming support Andy Murray will receive during their Wimbledon semi-final.

Tsonga, one of the more popular players on tour, insists he is as confident as ever following his victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber on Wednesday. Though Murray will undoubtedly head into his fourth consecutive final-four clash at the All England Club as crowd favourite, Tsonga remains upbeat over his chances of progression.

"Sometimes I play against a player who has a lot of support and I win," Tsonga said. "I remember at the US Open I played against (Mardy) Fish in a tight match. It was not easy, but I won it.

"It's of course an advantage to play at home but it's still tennis and you never know what will happen on court.

"Andy's one of the players I don't like to play because he's returning really well and he can play some really good passing shots. He's really quick. He's all the time on the ball, so it's tough for me.

"But I beat him once and last time we played together on grass, I had a match point and it was really close," added Tsonga, referring to last year's final at Queen's. "I will have a chance. I mean, on 100 percent I have maybe less than him, but I will have some and I will try to take it."

Tsonga wrapped up the win after two hours 48 minutes, as he fired a clean crosscourt-forehand winner. However, after going down to defending champion Novak Djokovic at the same stage last year, Tsonga is mindful he must lift his game.

"It was difficult today. Philipp played well, he served well, he was better than me on the baseline, he was very aggressive," Tsonga said. "But I'm through and I'm happy. It's a second chance after last year."

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