Australian Open Semifinals: Roger Federer vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
World No. 1 Roger Federer will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second men’s singles semi-final match of the 2010 Australian Open.
The Swiss will be playing his 23rd consecutive Grand Slam semifinals appearance in tennis’ major championships. He also had 15 majors and might go for his 16th if he finishes the Frenchman’s hopes for the finals today. Federer also played 17 of the past 18 Grand Slam finals, a record he can still further improve by winning against Tsonga.
J-Wilf ousted Djokovic in the quarter-final match and believes he can win against the Swiss Maestro in Melbourne. Tsonga and Federer have played against each other twice in the past, with 1 win each. Tsonga won over Federer at the Rogers Cup in Montreal last August 7-6(5) 1-6 7-6(3). If the 24-year-old from Le Mans succeeds in Melbourne, he will be the first Frenchman to win the title since Jean Borotra in 1928.
The winner of this match will face Andy Murray. The Scot dispatched Croatian Marin Cilic in their semi-final encounter yesterday 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 6-2. The match was Murray’s first semi-final appearance at Melbourne Park and avenged his fourth round loss from Cilic in the 2009 US Open.
The game will start at about 19:30 Melbourne time, 08:30 GMT (London).
UPDATE: Roger Federer is going to the finals of the 2010 Australian Open after beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in just 1 hour and 28 minutes in 3 sets (6-2, 6-3, 6-2). The Swiss Maestro will face Andy Murray of Great Britain in the championship round.