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David Ferrer beats French favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to set up final with Rafael Nadal
In the second, the one the locals had anticipated even more than the epic between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, they got a nightmare. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was trying to become the first Frenchman to make the final at Roland Garros since — and the first to win it in 30 years. But David Ferrer gave Spain the final it had wished for. Ferrer beat Tsonga, , 3 , , to reach his first Grand Slam final. Ferrer went down on his back in delight when the match ended. Nadal holds a career edge over Ferrer, who has not beaten Nadal since the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Nadal, a seven-time champion here, has won the last eight meetings, all on clay, including in the semifinals at Roland Garros last year. Tsonga was troubled by unforced errors — 56 in all — and by an oddly detached demeanor.
The winner will take on the victor of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, two of the favorites to take home the title. But before Ferrer or Tsonga can begin to think about who could oppose them in the final, percent focus needs to be on the other. Lose focus, and you're bound to lose the semifinal matchup. Both enter the semifinals very hot, as neither has lost a set yet. Ferrer has been solid overall but has yet to take on someone who has the potential to give him a run for his money. On paper, it was a tough matchup, but Tsonga made it look easy. Both are definitely worthy of a semifinal berth, and one of them will have the opportunity to make history come Sunday.