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Ferrer defeats Tsonga in straight sets to set up all Spanish final

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Both 4th seed David Ferrer and 6th seed Jo Wilfried Tsonga were chasing records and lifelong dreams in today’s semi-final match. Tsonga was attempting to become the first French player in 30 years to win the title while David Ferrer was trying to reach his first Grand Slam final in his 13 year long career.

Nerves got the better off Tsonga while the Spaniard was able to keep his in check to perform on the big stage and that allowed him to see off the Frenchman in straight sets 6-1, 7-6(3), 6-2 to set up an all Spanish final against defending champion Rafael Nadal on Sunday.

The 4th seed carried on from his great form in his quarterfinal dismissal of Tommy Robredo into the early stages of the opening set. Along with his good play, the Spaniard was aided by 15 errors from his opponent en route to a 5-0 lead.  He had three opportunities to break Tsonga’s serve in the 6th game but the 6th seed saved all off them to register on the board after 29 minutes. That only delayed the inevitable and Ferrer closed out the set 6-1.

Tsonga seemed to have settled down by the start of the second set. He started to go for his shots and began to find his quarterfinal form that saw him oust Roger Federer in straight sets. As a result, the 28 year old raced to a 3-0 lead in set no.2. But he could not continue his style of play as Ferrer retrieved ball after ball and the Frenchman could not find a way to win points. The Spaniard got the set back on serve and saved a set point in the 10th game to level proceedings at 5-5. In a long 11th game, The 6th seed saved four break points to eventually hold for a 6-5 lead and a game later the second set would be decided in a tie break.

Ferrer arrived in the breaker in top form and jumped to a 6-1 lead. Tsonga won two points on serve but with the benefit of 5 set points,  the 4th seed could play without any pressure and closed out the set on his 3rd opportunity to get the crucial 2 sets to love lead.

The long 2nd set seemed to have taken the wind out of the Frenchman’s sails and he came in to the third set a little deflated. The Spaniard broke Tsonga’s serve twice, and even came back from 0-40 down in the 8th game to win it and the set 6-2.

With this victory, Ferrer becomes the first non ‘big 4’ player to reach a Major final since Tomas Berdych did so at the 2010 Wimbledon.

Nadal leads Ferrer 19-4 in their head to head duels. Three of those 23 meeting have come in 2013. In the first one the defending champion annihilated Ferrer 6-0, 6-2 for the title in Acapulco. Since then their contests have been close with each of their matches in Rome and Madrid being decided in three sets.

The first time Grand Slam finalist has been improving all year and is clearly the 5th best tennis player in the world. He has stumbled multiple times against the legendary quartet and come up short time and time again.

At this year’s edition of the tournament Ferrer has not dropped a single set and has been in phenomenal form throughout the tournament. Despite that, Nadal has the edge going into Sunday’s final and the odds are in his favour to win a record 8th French Open title, a feat not accomplished in the Open era.