It took Stanislas Wawrinka three hours and 46 minutes to overcome Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Court Philippe-Chartrier in their men’s semi-final clash at Roland Garros in Paris on Friday. The Swiss started the match on the back foot as Tsonga looked to take control from the start. The net which would form part of the Frenchman’s game rescued the finalist as he took the first set 6-3 with much ease.
The second was a hotly contested affair as he raced to a 4-2 lead but eventually lost the set 7-6 (1), after the French player broke even and forced the tie-breaker. In the third set Wawrinka needed medical attention for blisters on his hand. This however did not slow him down as he pushed through Tsonga’s resilience to win the set 7-6 (3).
Last year’s Australian Open winner would lead the tie-breaker from start to finish as he pulled ahead 2-1 with the final set remaining. With the hometown favourite still licking his wounds from the third set, Wawrinka took advantage and broke serve. Tsonga had the crowd pushing him on to level the set, but it was his opponent who held on to his advantage to win the final set 6-4 and advance to his first French Open final.
He did so with 60 winners and 48 unforced errors.