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PHOTOS: Tsonga outclasses Federer to reach last four

Last updated on: June 4, 2013 22:45 IST

Tsonga downs Federer to reach last four

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There will be no Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the French Open for only the second time in nine years after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga produced a rip-roaring performance to beat the Swiss 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.

Twelve months after blowing four match points at the same stage against Novak Djokovic, Tsonga made sure he had a much easier ride as he sparked wild jubilations on Chatrier Court by downing a player who is used to being a fan favourite no matter where he plays.



Image: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France waves to crowd after victory against Roger Federer of Switzerland
Photographs: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

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Federer made a quick exit

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A backhand long from Federer on match point handed Tsonga a place in the last four at Roland Garros for the first time as Federer made a quick exit from the arena where he had held aloft the Musketeers' Cup in 2009.

Tsonga will next face fourth seed David Ferrer. 


Image: Roger Federer of Switzerland waves to the crowd after the defeat
Photographs: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

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Ruthless Ferrer crushes Robredo

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There was no escape this time for comeback king Tommy Robredo as he lost an all-Spanish French Open quarter-final against ruthless fourth seed David Ferrer 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old had recovered two-set deficits in all three of his previous rounds at Roland Garros but Ferrer was rock solid as he thrashed his countryman in one hour 25 minutes.

Ferrer, the second-best claycourter in Spain behind defending champion Rafa Nadal, was all over Robredo from the start, producing a near-perfect display to reach the semi-finals for the second successive year.



Image: David Ferrer of Spain celebrates match point in his quarter final against compatriot Tommy Robredo
Photographs: Julian Finney/Getty Images

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Serena extends winning streak to 29

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Serena Williams extended her winning streak to 29 matches when she beat Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in the quarter-finals to continue her run towards a second French Open title on Tuesday.

The world number one, who won her only Roland Garros title in 2002, came back from a break down in the decider and played some beautiful tennis to set up a semi-final meeting with Italian fifth seed Sara Errani.

After strolling through the opening set, 15-times grand-slam champion Williams came up against a streak of forehand winners from Kuznetsova, the 2009 French Open winner.

The American fell 2-0 behind in the third before winning five games in a row, wrapping up victory with a forehand volley after nearly two hours. 


Image: Serena Williams of United States of America celebrates match point during her quarter-final against Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia
Photographs: Julian Finney/Getty Images

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Errani cuts down Radwanska

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Sara Errani proved her run to last year's French Open final was no fluke as she toppled Polish fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 7-6 (6) to reach the semi-finals on Tuesday.

In a scrappy match where the second set alone featured eight breaks of serve, it was the diminutive Italian who finally raised her arms in celebration after her opponent whipped a backhand into the tramlines.

Errani's prolific work ethic this year - her 81 matches is almost double that of anyone else in the top 10 - paid off as she flummoxed Radwanska with an array of ferocious forehands, delightful dropshots and luscious lobs.

The Italian fifth seed secured her first ever win over a top five player to book a semi-final date with either world number one Serena Williams.


Image: Sara Errani of Italy plays a forehand during her quarter-final against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland
Photographs: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

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