In yesterday’s two quarter-finals, Federer V Tsonga and Ferrer V Robredo, three of the competitors are 31. With the only exception being 28 year-old Jo-Wilfred Tsonga. This proves it’s not just a young man’s game, but the slightly younger players of Ferrer and Tsonga still triumphed!
“La Jour de Jo”
Meaning “The Day of Jo” this was the headline which graced Parisian newspapers in the morning, and for the capital city’s inhabitants, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga beating the 2009 champion was a dream come true. Throughout the match it was up and down, at the beginning a great cross-court forehand from Tsonga leading to a plethora of errors from the Swiss. This gave Tsonga a break advantage, which he later capitalised on by winning the set 7-5.The second set was poor for a world no.3, he netted the ball in about every game. A crucial break on Federer’s first service game was what won the set 6-3 for the Frenchman. In the third – and final – set Tsonga again broke in the first game, but Federer broke back immediately with a great forehand down-the-line, and overall with more attacking play. In the third Federer held serve, Tsonga held to love on his serve, and they continued to hold until 3-3. It was advantage to the 6th seed. Roger somehow lost the point, Tsonga was off the court and he hit it straight back to him, to thank the Swiss fir this, he smashed from almost point blank range back in his face – causing Tsonga to lead 5-3 on his serve. Highlights are here. Is it time for Roger to retire? Last time he was asked he didn’t think so, saying: “When you do something best in life, you don’t really want to give that up – and for me it’s tennis.”
In the upcoming semi-finals, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga will face David Ferrer. They have only played three time in the past, and Ferrer leads the head-to-head 2-1. Their last meeting on clay, Rome 2010, was won by the Spaniard 6-4, 6-1. My prediction is that Ferrer will extend his H2H lead, due to the style he beat Robredo, and that clay is his favored surface, while the Frenchman prefers hard courts.
An All Spanish Affair
Ferrer dominated his match with fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo. Both players being 31, you may have expected them to be less agile. Robredo was, but Ferrer slid from side-to-side of the court in every rally. His serves were also far better, half of the 3nd seed’s returns flying into the Grandstands. Robredo won the point 25% of the time when receiving a serve, whereas Ferrer won 55% of the points. Furthermore, as he broke not once during the match, there could be only one winner. It only took the fourth seed an hour 25 minutes to win in straight sets 6-2, 6-1, 6-1.