The 5000 lucky ticket holders of the semi-finals of the 2009 Open 13 witnessed an amazing tennis moment with the win of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga over Novak Djokovic 6-4 7-6.
Both players came out with the firm decision to not back track on the court. The results of these similar game plans were super sonic rallies. A game pattern that went in favor of the 12th ranked player in the world. Because if you were still doubting of the 1st serve quality of big JW- Don't!!! An example: the fantastic 10th game of the first set when Tsonga was serving for the set. The Frenchman was down love-40, before he fired 5 consecutive winner first serves and aces with an average speed of 134 mph and with that the gain of the first set 6-4 after 34 minutes.
In the second set servers prevailed. Only warning for Djokovic who needed to defend two break points at 3-3. The tie breaker was unavoidable. And once again the Tsonga machine was back in action, here's how it happened : a forehand passing shot, a screaming forehand winner, a winner first serve, a backhand line drive, an overhead smash and 3 more straight up forehand winners. A breaker that lasted under five minutes during which Djokovic, need we remind you ranked 3rd in the world, was only able to score a single point.
Tomorrow, Sunday, "Jo" will play his first Open 13 final versus either Michael Llodra or Gilles Simon. And for the moment the only guarantee is that, in 2009, a Frenchman will win in Marseille.