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Ferrer's Battling Vs. Tsonga's Power

Paris, France

Ferrer© AFP/Getty ImagesDavid Ferrer will look to neutralise Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's power play.

Take a closer look at the Roland Garros semi-final between David Ferrer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga using IBM Statistics.

Ferrer Highlights:
• He's been dominant on return of serve - 46% won returning 1st serves & 68% won returning 2nd serves - broke serve 36 times (won 36 of 62 return games).
• His forehand is his weapon off the ground (74 winners) and he's been very effective when approaching net (70% points won)
• He's lost only 36 games in 15 sets played
• His baseline game has been superb - more winners than unforced errors on both his forehand and backhand and his 62% points won from the baseline leads the tournament.

Tsonga Highlights:
• His serve has been his strength - 67% 1st serves in play - 80% 1st serves won - 65% 2nd serves won - held 67 of 71 service games saving 9 of the 13 break points he faced
• His forehand is his weapon off the ground (69 winners)
• He's not dropped a set

Ferrer   Tsonga
9 Aces 22
16 Double Faults 3
56% 1st Serve % 67%
74% 1st Serve Points 80%
58% 2nd Serve Points 65%
10 Broken 4
19 Break Points Faced 13
65 Games Served 71
85% Service Games Held 94%
121 mph Fastest Serve 133 mph
46% 1st Return Points Won 38%
68% 2nd Return Points Won 53%
36 Breaks of Serve 25
74 Break Points 53
49% Pct. Converted 47%
62 Return Games Played 69
58% Return Games Won % 36%
74 Forehand Winners 69
49 Forehand Uncovered Errors 88
42 Backhand Winners 26
36 Backhand Unforced Errors 44
140 Winners 148
102 Unforced Errors 139
50 of 71 Net Points Won 77 of 102
70% Net Points Won % 75%
62% Baseline Points Won 53%
36 Games Lost 48
0 Sets Lost 0
8:48 Time On Court 9:01

Matchup: Tsonga is explosive, but inconsistent at times. Yet he's lost serve only four times in the tournament. He likes to play with power and tends to play the big points very aggressively. Tsonga is a risk taker, but has played pretty consistently here to reach the semi-finals. Ferrer has been in complete control of his matches, neutralising big serves and dominating from the back of the court.

This is a matchup of strength against strength - Ferrer's return against Tsonga's serve. Tsonga will have to play aggressively from the first shot and look to grab control of the points away from Ferrer. The longer the rallies go, the more they favour the Spaniard. The Frenchman will need to call upon all of those attributes that describe the classic French player - flash, flamboyance, flair, and fire - and use the crowd and its emotion to overwhelm his rock solid opponent.

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