Ferrer def. Tsonga 6-1, 7-6, 6-2 in 2 hours 4 minutes
The pre-match analysis here said, “Tsonga is explosive but inconsistent at times yet he’s lost serve only 4 times in the tournament. He likes to play with power and tends to play the big points very aggressively. Tsonga is a risk taker, but has played pretty consistently here to reach the semifinals. Ferrer has been in complete control of his matches, neutralizing big serves and dominating from the back of the court.”
“This is a matchup of strength against strength – Ferrer’s return against Tsonga’s serve. Tsonga will have to play aggressively from the first shot and look to grab control of the points away from Ferrer. The longer the rallies go the more they favor the Spaniard. The Frenchman will need to call upon all of those attributes that describe the classic French player – flash, flamboyance, flair, and fire – and use the crowd and it’s emotion to overwhelm his rock solid opponent.”
So what happened?
It was all David Ferrer. He did indeed neutralize Tsonga’s serve and Tsonga only showed flashes of his brilliance but could not sustain it. Ferrer broke Tsonga’s serve 6 times in 13 service games and had 17 break points against the powerful Frenchman’s serve. For the match, Ferrer hit only 24 winners but he made just 21 unforced errors – not giving Tsonga a lot of easy points and making him work. Tsonga hit 31 total winners (17 from his forehand), but contributed 56 unforced errors. Ferrer did a good job of targeting Tsonga’s backhand, keeping the ball away from his forehand and that strategy worked well as Tsonga managed just 5 backhand winners and 24 backhand unforced errors. These two played 72 points that went 4 shots or more and Ferrer won 46 to Tsonga’s 26.
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