In the first few years of his career, Tsonga established himself as someone who usually wins tight sets, but somehow for a long time he couldn’t get a victory facing a match point… until that semifinal against Isner, in Tsonga’s main-level event no. 90. There was 6:5* for Isner  in the decider when Tsonga – inspired by the partisan crowd – fought off three advantage match points (Isner netted FH return off Tsonga’s 2nd serve 137 kph, FH winner, BH error). Before it happened, the Frenchman  had wasted a triple mini-match point at 4-all having the ball in play twice. # Tsonga took a perfect revenge for a loss to Isner in their first meeting two years before, the American prevailed in front of his home crowd in almost identical circumstances as the Frenchman in France (Tsonga led 6:5* “deuce” in the decider).
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