French tennis star Jo Wilfried Tsonga has explained what went wrong in each of his two semifinals played in front of his home fans at the French Open. In 2012, Tsonga fell just short of reaching his maiden semifinal at Roland Garros as he blew match points against world No.
1 Novak Djokovic in their quarterfinal match. A year later, the Frenchman returned to Roland Garros and made his maiden French Open semifinal after delivering a huge quarterfinal performance against Roger Federer as he handed the Swiss a straight-set loss.
Next up for Tsonga was former world No. 3 David Ferrer — against whom he had realistic chances of winning and progressing into his second Grand Slam final. But unfortunately for Tsonga and the local fans, the Frenchman played poorly as Ferrer booked a straight-set win to set up a final against Rafael Nadal.
“Facing David, I entered the court very confident. I had beaten Roger in three sets. I played my best tennis. When I returned to the court, it was late, the clay was heavy. I did not expect such conditions. Novak and Rafa had played 5 hours before and the atmosphere wasn’t what I expected it to be.
In the end, I delivered a very disappointing match,” Tsonga told FFT, as revealed on We Love Tennis France.
Against Stan Wawrinka it looked better but Jo Wilfried Tsonga failed to realize his chance
Two years later, former world No.
5 Tsonga made his second French Open semifinal after surviving a five-set quarterfinal against Japanese Kei Nishikori. Coming into the match against Wawrinka, Tsonga wasn’t without his chances but once again he failed to win his Roland Garros semifinal as the Swiss won 6-3 6-7 (1) 7-6 (3) 6-4.
After a four-set win over Tsonga, Wawrinka delivered one of his best performances ever as he surprised Djokovic in the final to lift his lone title at the French Open. “I delivered a very disappointing match. Against Stan, it’s not the same, I’m really into it but I can only convert a break point on 17 (chances),” Tsonga.
Jo Wilfried Tsonga, now ranked at No. 49 in the world, hasn’t made the last four at a Grand Slam since the 2015 French Open.