Jo Wilfried Tsonga fought back from a two sets to one deficit against American Mardy Fish to book his place in the US Open quarterfinals where he will face Roger Federer or Juan Monaco. It took the Frenchman five sets and three hours and 45 minutes to win the 6-4, 6-7, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 match.
The evolution of Mardy Fish has been impressive over the last 18 months but the power and physical prowess of the Frenchman ultimately won the match. Mardy was hampered by right leg issues, calling the trainer before the fifth set, seemingly having difficulty moving to his forehand wing during the final set where he was promptly broken.
A second break at 4-1 sealed the deal for Tsonga. Fish managed to fend off a few break points but could not fend off the inevitable.
Whether it was his physical issues or feeling the pull of the finish line Fish looked despondent while Jo seemed to become more and more pumped up.
Realistically we’re looking at a Federer V Tsonga quarterfinal. Don’t get me wrong I love Juan Monaco but I can’t see him beating Federer tonight.Tsonga has beaten Federer in their last two meetings – coming back from two sets down at Wimbledon and then in three sets in Montreal.
Tsonga poses a real problem for Federer, particularly if he continues to feel pumped up like he appeared to in the court side post match interview. Either way it will be a great hold, especially considering Federer usually finds that extra level in Grand Slams.