Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Face Roger Federer in Paris Masters Finals

Tsonga to Final

French tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga have to struggle hard to beat John Isner of the United States in the semifinals held on Saturday to advance to the BNP Paribas Masters finals. Tsonga takes 2 hours and 59 minutes to finish the game ended with the score 3-6, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (3). Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will have an opportunity to lift his second BNP Paribas Masters trophy in three years on Sunday when the fifth-seeded Frenchman takes on Swiss Roger Federer, who is appearing in his 99th tour-level final.

“I think I went beyond frustration,” said Tsonga on his fightback from a set down. “The first set was really tough. Little by little I said, ‘Listen, Jo, you have to enjoy this moment. Whatever happens, it’s a great moment. Everybody’s behind you. People are supporting you.’ What I had in mind was, ‘You don’t have to win, but at least enjoy yourself and love it.’

“I started feeling better and enjoying it, and especially trying to go forward with my returns, hit early. Even if the ball went out, at least I was playing the tennis I enjoy playing, and it helped me play better.”

“A lot of times in tennis – just in any sport – you come so close to winning, and then it just gets taken away from you,” said Isner. “I had three chances. I was one point away from being in the final. So it just wasn’t to be. He came up with the goods, and hat’s off to him. That’s why he’s one of the best players in the world. He came up big.”

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