Tsonga reaches French Open quarters

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iol spt june4 Tsonga REUTERS Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.

Paris – Local favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga kept his eye on the prize to reach the French Open quarter-finals for the first time with a 6-4 7-6 3-6 3-6 6-4 win against Swiss 18th seed Stanislas Wawrinka on Monday.

The fifth-seeded Frenchman was 4-2 up in the decider when the match was interrupted by dusk on Sunday and dropped serve when play resumed on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Tsonga, the last Frenchman to reach a grand-slam final, at the 2008 Australian Open, wrapped it up by breaking Wawrinka with a forehand winner after four hours and six minutes.

He will face world number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Tuesday for a place in the last four. – Reuters

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