‘Unbeatable’ Federer cleans up tired Tsonga
STUNNED Frenchman JoWilfried Tsonga had bad news for Andy Murray yesterday – no one can beat Roger Federer.
The 10th seed was blown off court by the world number one 6-2 6-3 6-2 in just one hour 28 minutes in their Australian Open semi-final with the Swiss great now facing Scotland’s Murray for his 16th Grand Slam title.
Tsonga said the form Federer was in, he was unbeatable.
“I think nobody,” he said, when asked if any player could get the better of him. “He was good, he was good. He took the ball earlier than me, and he was just better than me.
“Sometimes you play the guy and the guy plays well, but not so good. And sometimes you play against him again and he plays just unbelievable.
“Each day is different, but today he was really good.”
His advice to Murray in tomorrow’s final? “Be ready to run.”
Before this tour nament Tsonga had never played a competitive five-setter in his life, but here he played two, including his epic quarter-final win over Novak Djokovic, and it caught up with him against Federer.
Tsonga, who lost the 2008 final to Djokovic, admitted he was tired, but was happy with what he had achieved.
“Yeah, of course, I was tired, because of my tour nament, that’s it,” he said. “I learned maybe I have to play better.
“I had a good tournament, I beat some good players. I played two five-set matches which was the first time for me.
“So it’s more experience for me. I think it’s good for me, even if I lost in the semi. Next time I will try to do better.”
Murray has been the form player over the past fortnight but Federer’s imperious display will give the Scotsman a couple of sleepless nights.
“I know he’d like to win the first for British tennis in... what is it ... like 150,000 years?” Federer joked in a courtside interview.
A victory over Murray will provide the 28-year-old with his 16th grand slam, extending yet another record he holds.
Federer, growing in confidence with every match after a slow start, showed no mercy against a weary Tsonga.
“He did well in those five set matches and I expected him to come out here and be really athletic the way we know him.” “Maybe he was mentally more fatigued than physically.”
Federer shows no sign of slowing down despite his haul of major trophies. He broke Tsonga’s erratic serve once to win the opening set then twice more in each of the next two while comfortably holding each of his service games.
Tsonga, who reached the Australian Open final two years ago but has yet to win a grand slam, did not get a single break point on the Swiss master’s serve. – Sapa-AFP and Reuters