Federer Through To The Final
07 Jan 2011
Friday was semi-finals day at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, where all top four seeds were still in the running for the title for the first time since 1993.

First up is Roger Federer (SWI), world number two, against the third seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA). The Swiss leads in their head-to-head by 2-1. Their most recent encounter was in the semi-finals of the Australian Open last year, where Federer won in straight sets. Both players were in good form this week, which promised an exciting match.

In the first set, Federer was able to break in Tsonga’s first service game to come to a 3-0 lead. The Frenchman was able to hold his following service games but was unable to challenge on Federer’s serve. With both players had a high service percentage (over 70%) and were playing aggressive on the forehand and the backhand. The spectators witnessed some beautiful rallies. The Swiss Maestro was able to hold on to his break lead to take the opening set comfortably with 6-3. Tsonga needed to decrease his unforced error count to stand a chance in turning the match around.

Both players were able to win their opening service games comfortably in the second set. In the third game, however, Tsonga had to comeback from 15-40 down on his own serve, saving two breakpoints in order to hold. At 5-5 and 30-All, the Frenchman hit a gorgeous passing shot after bringing Federer to the net with a drop shot. The Swiss was able to win his serve on love to set up a second set tiebreak. Federer was able to make the first mini-break to take a 5-2 lead. An unforced error by Tsonga gave Federer three match points. The first one was the good one, with Federer finishing with a smash to win 6-3 7-6(2).

In the final, Federer will play either world number one, Rafael Nadal (ESP), or defending champion, Nikolay Davydenko (RUS).