Tsonga Disappoints at the French Open

Angered by the crowd, his racquet, the weather, the line judges and the umpire during today’s meeting with David Ferrer, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga was essentially a bad loser. It was evident as he strode nervously onto the court, the magnitude of the home crowd disappointed him. However, after enduring the 2 1/2 hour Djokovic-Nadal thriller, any spectator would need a short break for refreshments etcetera.

In the opening set Ferrer gambled with his shots more, playing cross-court smashes and drop-shots from the back of the court. On the other hand, the home favourite returned averagely, with 15 unforced errors being his downfall. The first five games were won by the Spaniard, breaking twice within that. A poor unforced error from the Spaniard allowed the Frenchman to save three break points and hold in the fifth, but at 5-1 down Tsonga knew he wasn’t going to win the set and thus conceded three more unforced errors.

Throughout the second it was very tight, and in my opinion Tsonga was on top with four winners compared with Ferrer’s zero at the start, meaning the sixth seed lead 3-0. However, Ferrer didn’t let go, a he broke back in game five, he held, and got into the lead off his third break point of the game.Two unforced errors from the Spaniard allowed Tsonga to break back, leaving the score at 4-4. The following four games were still tightly contested, taking over 20 minutes in total and leaving the score at 6-6. Attacking play from Ferrer won him the tie-break, I can’t remeber if Tsonga approached the net at all! The 31 year-old won the set 7-6 (7-3).

In the final set Jo-WIlfred was very attacking and quite positive, but his ambitious drop-shots and lobs didn’t often work out. It was the screamed forehands and backhands of David Ferrer that allowed him to break serve in the fourth and eight games, and hold serve in all of his six. Highlights of the final set are below.

The 6-1, 7-6, 6-2 victory means Ferrer has still not dropped a set going into the final with Rafael Nadal. In my opinion, Ferrer deserves to be in the final, it’s his first Grand Slam final in ten years at the top level of the sport. Nevertheless, I can’t see past seven time former champion Rafael Nadal as the title winner. Read Nadal’s path to the final here.

– Jacob Lee

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