The French Open is nearing the much-anticipated final so we preview the semi-finals.
David Ferrer V Jo-Wilfred Tsonga
Both players come into this semi-final on the back of straight sets victories in the quarter-finals (which you can read about by clicking HERE) and even more significantly, they’re the only players left in the competition that are yet to drop a set.
Tsonga possesses the advantage of the home crowd and the support of a nation, who’s only hopes rest solely on. Yannick Noah was the last Frenchman to win the title and that was 30 years ago. The 28-year-old is into his fourth Grand Slam semi-final, of those four he has only won the one – at the 2008 Australian Open, only to be defeated by Novak Djokovic.
This is Ferrer’s sixth Grand Slam semi-final and second consecutive one at the French Open. The 31-year-old is yet to make a Grand Slam final and has always played higher ranked players in his previous semi-finals so this is definitely his best chance to reach a maiden major finals.
The last ten Grand Slam finals have seen two big four players compete each time, this year one of these pair will make the finals – the question is, who?
Their head-to-head is a tight one, with Ferrer coming out on top in two of the three previous meetings. Watch the last match below, it was incidentally in Paris but not on the clay of Roland Garros.
Our prediction: Tsonga to win in five sets.
Novak Djokovic V Rafael Nadal
As soon as the tournament’s draw was released this match always looked on the cards, a repeat of last year’s final but in the semi-finals stage. Over the past few years, Djokovic and Nadal have created a fantastic rivalry to be relished by the neutral. They’ve met 34 times previously, 15 wins for the Serb and 19 for the Spaniard. What will give the world number one confidence going into the match with the 7-time Roland Garros champion is that he has already beat him this year on clay – in the Monte Carlo Masters final 6-2 7-6. He knows he can do it. However, over five sets it may well be a different story.
Novak Djokovic is looking to complete his career Slam and will do so with victory at the French Open. It’s evident that he’s Rafa’s nearest challenger to the throne on clay and probably would have won the tournament a couple of times already had it not been for Nadal’s dominance on the courts of Roland Garros.
To whet your appetite, watch the videos below of what’s sure to be a thrilling encounter.
Our Prediction: Nadal to win in five sets.
Nadal and Djokovic are first on Court Phillipe Chatrier, followed by Ferrer and Tsonga.
– Nathan Morley