rg15wawrinka_tsonga

Points won by each set: | 32-25, 40-45, 40-43, 43-36 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
28 % Wawrinka – 45 of 157
32 % Tsonga – 48 of 147

On paper it was a great opportunity for Tsonga [15] to reach his second Grand Slam final, especially that he was supported by the crowd. Their H2H was 3-all, and Tsonga had won two matches on clay, including a 5-set win on the same court, three years before in the fourth round. The Frenchman came back from *2:4 in the 2nd set, saving five mini-set points at 5-all. He won the tie-break 7/1 but the momentum didn’t shift despite Tsonga’s better impression. Another two sets (toilet break for both before the 3rd set) turned into his disaster of break point conversion. Generally, it’s very difficult to hold the serve in three successive games when the opponent creates break points, Wawrinka [9] did it in five games (!) which is more impressive considering clay. The Swiss saved break points in three different games of the 3rd set, including two mini-set points at 4-all, and break points in two different games at the beginning of the 4th set. Before the 7/3 tie-break of the 3rd set, Tsonga had won seven points more in that set.

Serve & volley: Wawrinka 0/2, Tsonga 1/4

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