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French Open findings - day 10

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the French Open
by Stuart Appleby
Tuesday 4 June 2013

Wimbledon.com's thoughts on the pick of the action from day ten at Roland Garros...

Home hero
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga produced his finest performance to date at his home Grand Slam to conquer second seed, and good friend, Roger Federer in their quarter-final tussle on Philippe Chatrier. In doing so, the 28-year-old moves a small step closer to becoming the first Frenchman since Yannick Noah, in 1983, to win the French Open in front of the Parisian crowd. Judging by Tsonga's beaming smile and celebration after his 7-5 6-3 6-3 demolition of seven-time Wimbledon champion Federer, he's not one to shirk the limelight, expectation or pressure. Instead, he embraces it. He thus becomes the first Frenchman in the Open era to reach five Grand Slam singles quarter-finals. 

The clash of the marathon men
Tommy Robredo's exhausting but history-making run through to the last eight at Roland Garros had to run out of steam at some stage, and it did, perhaps unsurprisingly, against tennis's own seasoned marathon man. David Ferrer used his ever-lasting battery life to run down his fellow Spaniard, who went into their match having become the first man since Henri Cochet at Wimbledon in 1927 to win three straight Grand Slam matches from two sets down, and coast to a straight sets 6-2 6-1 6-1 victory. The Spanish bullfighter will face Tsonga in Friday's semi-final for a chance to contest his first Grand Slam final. He currently ties Britain's Tim Henman in the fact that both men have reached the last four of a major on six occasions, but never made a final. Of course, Ferrer has the chance to put that to bed.

Serena plays Russian roulette
It was far from convincing but Serena Williams is a champion, and champion's normally get the job done. The American top seed was pushed all the way by Svetlana Kuznetsova, who won the French Open in 2009, but eventually rode out a second set storm to win 6-1 3-6 6-3. Serena now faces in-form Italian Sara Errani in the semi-finals, and knows she is closing in on her second Paris crown - her first coming 11 years ago in 2002.

Errani's endurance roller coaster
Sara Errani's solid but unspectacular win over Agnieszka Radwanksa was the 26-year-old's 81st match of 2013, a figure almost double that of anyone else in the top 10. The fifth seed and clay court specialist is going about it the hard way if she is to make a second successive French Open final. Could it be her year this time?

Roger's press conference tribute to Jo
"Give some credit to the old Jo-Willy Tsonga, please," the 17-time Grand Slam winner told the assembled media after his defeat in Paris. If Roger says he's good, you'd expect the world's media to follow suit and talk him up in Wednesday's newspapers.

Coming up on Wednesday

Philippe Chatrier:
Jelena Jankovic v Maria Sharapova
Rafa Nadal v Stanislas Wawrinka

Suzanne Lenglen:
Maria Kirilenko v Victoria Azarenka
Novak Djokovic v Tommy Haas

What did we miss? Let us know in the comments below...

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