- French Open, Day 10
Tsonga trumps flat Federer at French Open
The Frenchman was a deserved winner as Federer looked lethargic and far from his best, and Tsonga put on a masterful display on Court Philippe Chatrier to send the 17-time grand slam champion packing and book his place in the last-four.
Tsonga banished the painful events of 12 months ago when he blew four match points to lose out to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in a five-set marathon.
Federer on the other hand was one win away from setting the record for most wins at Roland Garros at 59, but the Swiss will have to wait until 2014 to etch his name into history as it appeared his tie against Gilles Simon in five sets in the previous round took a lot of energy out of him.
Tsonga was aggressive from the beginning of the contest, but could not convert his break point in Federer's opening service game. Instead, it was Federer who claimed the first break in the fifth game when he flashed a cross-court forehand winner.
With the break consolidated at 4-2, Tsonga hit back to take three games on the spin, reclaiming the break in the seventh game when Federer was in command at 40-15.
Federer with a forehand smash levelled at 5-5 to stay in the set, but when Tsonga once again applied the pressure on Federer to serve to keep the set alive, the Swiss failed to come up with an answer as Tsonga at the fourth attempt claimed the set thanks to a wayward Federer forehand.
The Federer forehand which was proving to be dangerous early on was now a concern for the second seed, and Tsonga with a run of 11 out of 12 points raced into a 3-0 lead at the start of the second set.
When Federer reduced the deficit to two at 4-2, Tsonga held his nerve to go two sets in front, and now Federer was staring defeat in the face.
A double fault from Federer handed Tsonga the break immediately in the third set, but Federer quickly recovered to run around the Tsonga serve and execute a fine forehand winner past him to get the break back.
Play went up on serve until the seventh game as it was Tsonga who secured the break to go 4-3 in front, and then the Frenchman went to within one game of victory as Federer appeared to be fatigued from his match against Simon, before sealing the win on his second match point.
In the semi-finals, Tsonga will take on David Ferrer after the Spaniard comfortably defeated fellow countryman Tommy Robredo 6-2 6-1 6-1.