El orgullo de los ganadores

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Hubo que esperar para ver el mejor nivel de Novak Djokovic y Roger Federer en los cuartos de final de Roland Garros. A punto estuvieron de caer, pero ambos cumplieron las expectativas y se enfrentarán en la primera semifinal del Grand Slam de tierra batida.

Novak Djokovic, número uno del mundo, tuvo que luchar ante Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, y el apoyo de la grada gala, y frente a un tenista que le superó tras un clarísimo 6-1 a favor del serbio. Tsonga se recuperó y se llevó dos mangas por sendos 5-7. En el cuarto set, el francés tuvo cuatro bolas de partido, pero no supo sentenciar a Djokovic. Con 4-5 a su favor, Jo-Wilfried se colocó 15-40, pero no supo fructificar la hazaña que estaba cerca de concretar. Tampoco dos juego más tarde (con 5-6), y ya en el ‘tie-break’ sucumbió por un ajustado 8-6. En ese momento, Tsonga se desinfló y Djokovic se paseó en la última manga (6-1) para cerrar su pase a semifinales.

En el otro partido, Roger Federer comenzó con todo en contra al perder 3-6, 6-7 los dos primeros parciales frente a Juan Martín del Potro, pero entonces el suizo reaccionó, se puso las pilas y no quitó el pie del acelerador para entrar en las semifinales con un 6-2, 6-0, 6-3 consecutivo. Bien es cierto que Del Potro sufrió por unas dolencias que le lastraron en el desenlace del choque. Pese a todo, el de Basilea pugnará con Djokovic por un puesto en la tierra batida de París.The Parisian crowd was made to wait before seeing the best of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer today in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros. Both players were on the brink of exiting the competition, but were each able to live up to the expectations and overhaul their results. They will now meet each other in the first of the semi-finals in the clay court Grand Slam.

Novak Djokovic, the world no. 1, had to fight it out against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who was armed with the support of the local crowd, and got off to a good start by taking the opening set 6-1. Tsonga reacted well though, winning the next two 5-7, 5-7. The Frenchman had four match balls to kill the tie off in the fourth set but was unable to take advantage of any of them. With the score reading 4-5 in his favour, the home player took a 15-40 lead, however, Djokovic came back to win the game. He was eventually punished for his missed opportunity two games later (at 5-6), when he lost a very tight tie-break (8-6) to level the score. Tsonga looked deflated in the final set as the Serb marched to a victory 6-1, securing his semi-final place.

Roger Federer started the other of the day’s matches with a mountain to climb after losing the first two sets 3-6, 6-7 against Juan Martín del Potro. The Swiss reacted strongly though, not taking his foot off the gas once and romping to the semi-finals by winning the following three sets 6-2, 6-0, 6-3. Del Potro was carrying a knock that began to wear him down as the match went on. Nonetheless, the European won and will be battling it out with Djokovic for a place in the gran final.