Roger Federer’s return to the tour was stopped by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who rallied from a set down to edge past the Swiss, 3-6 6-2 7-5, in a match lasting over two hours. Despite his strong start in taking the first set with three breaks, Federer quickly trailed 1-4 in the second set, as the Frenchman swung momentum in his favor. The third set was a tight affair, with neither player able to create a break point opportunity. That changed in the eleventh game, when Tsonga broke Federer to 15, going on to serve out a memorable victory on Court Ranier III.
“It’s always special to win against Federer,” said Tsonga. “I’m happy that I won. All victories are good to take. The one yesterday was very important, and today too. Again, I’m in the semis. I’m happy that I’m still in the tournament and I have a chance to go to the final for the first time.”
Tsonga claimed his sixth victory in 17 meetings with the Swiss.