French Open: Tsonga Avoids Meltdown And Defeats Nishikori In Five For Semifinal Berth

Fourteenth-seeded Jo-Wilfred Tsonga came out on top once again as he beat Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 3-6.  Tsonga relied on crowd support heavily and had done the exact same thing against Tomas Berdych to reach the next round.

The match was anticipated to be an interesting one, but wise men would place their bets on Nishikori. However Tsonga came out firing in all cylinders and before we knew, he won the first set 6-1. He broke Nishikori twice and that was enough. He started off exceptionally well again breaking the Japanese number one at 1-1 to take an early lead 2-1. Soon enough it was 5-2 when pieces of debris fell on the spectators due to which play halted. This got Nishikori back to normalcy and he broke Tsonga to make it 5-4. However the crowd favourite Tsonga took the set at 6-4. Nishikori soon began to find his rhythm and he held serve throughout the set and broke Tsonga to scalp the third set at 6-4. Kei was all set to take the match down to the wire and he completely dominated the Frenchman to take the set at 6-3. 

The fifth set started well for Tsonga and he served first thus holding an advantage. However he failed to capitalise on two break points thereby opening up the match further. Luck ran out for Kei as he was broken and the scoreline read 3-1. After that there were no hiccups on the way for Tsonga and he won the final set 6-3 earning him a berth in the semifinals of this year's French Open.

Tsonga will now play Stanislas Wawrinka in the semis.