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Tsonga’s dreams to play Federer in clay court can come true in their French Open quarterfinal match.
Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga only needed a little less than two hours to decimate Victor Troicki of Serbia 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 and set up a “dream match” against 2009 French Open champ Roger Federer.
Tsonga finished the first set in only 26 minutes but needed to fight harder in the second set after the Serbian found his rhythm and kept the set close at 3-2.
But the home favorite Frenchman went for the kill in the third set when Troicki cut his lead to 5-3. The world’s No. 6 used a powerful forehand swing to convert his third match point and enter the Last Eight.
“Playing Roger here, you can’t dream better,” said the 2008 Australian Open finalist.
Though he is still yet to drop a single set in this year’s Roland Garros, Tsonga expects that the quarterfinal matchup against 17-time Grand Slam champion Federer, who needed to comeback from a two-set deficit against Gilles Simon of France to enter the next round, will not be as easy as his last games.
“It’s great to win again in three sets but in the following round it is going to be dreadful,” said Tsonga.
Tsonga, who is 3-9 against Federer, is looking to be the first Frenchman to win a Grand Slam title since Yannick Noah in 1983.