Federer vs. Tsonga: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Has Tools to Beat Roger Federer

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Roger Federer will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a quarterfinal showdown
Roger Federer eagerly awaits his match-up with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Roger Federer of Switzerland will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, in London, Britain, 27 June 2011. EPA/GEOFF CADDICK  |

Read our set-by-set recap of this shocking upset! Click here!

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has the on-court talent to give Roger Federer a serious challenge in their quarterfinal match-up on Wednesday. Tsonga ties his previous career-best finish by making the second Wimbledon quarterfinals appearance of his career.

The No. 12 seed has endured tough challenges from No. 7 seed David Ferrer, former top-5 player Fernando Gonzalez, and rising star Grigor Dimitrov, and he will now have to face the six-time Wimbledon champion.

Tsonga has a gigantic serve and a large, heavy forehand, as evidenced by the fact that he has hit 190 winners, including 78 aces, in just 13 sets over the course of the tournament. In Tsonga’s third and fourth round matches, the Frenchman was able to win 89 percent and 93 percent of points off of his first serves, respectively. Tsonga also likes to attack the net, converting 96 out of 140 points at the net.

Tsonga’s game is perfectly suited for grass and should provide a real challenge for Federer. Prior to Wimbledon, Tsonga had an impressive run at Queen’s Club, upsetting world No. 1 Rafael Nadal on his way to a final-round match-up against Andy Murray, and he has continued to play well at Wimbledon.

No. 3 seed Federer has eased his way into the quarterfinals, taking out No. 28 seed David Nalbandian and No. 18 seed Mikhail Youzhny to get there. Outside of his first set against Mikhail Youzhny, Federer has remained in control throughout his tournament run.

The Swiss great has served quite well and put heavy pressure on his opponent’s serves, breaking his opponents 19 times in just 13 sets of play. Outside of a few struggles during the European clay court season, Federer has been back to his brilliant self in recent weeks, winning his matches with great technical skill and characteristic flair.

My prediction: This match may be the toughest of the four to be contested. Tsonga is one of the more underrated players on tour and is on the cusp of breaking through. At the end of the day, Federer should win, but he just may be taken to five sets.

Read our set-by-set recap of this shocking upset! Click here!





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