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Tsonga Wins All-French Contest

Melbourne, Australia

Tsonga© Getty ImagesJo-Wilfried Tsonga celebrates beating Richard Gasquet in four sets to reach the quarter-finals.

World No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the Australian Open quarter-finals for the fourth time on Monday as he defeated fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in two hours and 20 minutes.

The 27-year-old Tsonga made his major breakthrough in Melbourne five years ago when he stormed through to the final with victory over three Top 10 players before falling to Novak Djokovic in four sets. He then reached the quarter-finals a year later (l. to Verdasco) and the semi-finals in 2010 (l. to Federer).

“I'm practising well,” said Tsonga. “When you work hard and you're focused on what you're doing, I mean, you are obliged to improve again. Even if it takes time, for sure I will improve my game.”


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Tsonga levelled his FedEx ATP Head2Head series with Gasquet at 4-4 as he converted four of nine break points and hit 37 winners, including nine aces. Gasquet dropped to a 1-14 record in fourth-round matches at majors, with the one exception coming at Wimbledon in 2007, when he went onto reach the semi-finals (l. to Federer).

Tsonga goes onto face World No. 2 Roger Federer for a place in the semi-finals. The Frenchman trails Federer 3-8 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.

"I lost many times against this guy," said Tsonga. "So, of course, playing against him, it's going to be a big challenge for me. I think when I play against him, you need a plan because if you just play like this with him, you will lose for sure."

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