Can Tsonga Derail The Fed Express?

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat compatriot Richard Gasquet in the 4th Rd. Picture: Michael Klein/Getty Images
Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga  will be bidding for his fourth career win over Roger Federer  when the pair meet in the last eight of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Wednesday night.

World number eight Tsonga has credited his scintillating start to the year to new coach Roger Rasheed, who has reinvigorated the 27 year-old with his determination and desire to win. That desire was evident in Tsonga’s 4th round win over compatriot Richard Gasquet, when he bounced back from dropping the second set 3-6 to lose just five games in the final two stanzas.

Unlike most players on the ATP Tour, the seventh seed can also take confidence from the fact that he beaten the seventeen time Grand Slam champion on three previous occasions. Tsonga came from two sets down to beat Federer in a remarkable five set  semi-final at Wimbledon two years ago, and has also beaten the Swiss ace twice on hardcourts. Federer does have a distinct 8-3 career advantage over Tsonga however, and has the won the past four completed matches between the pair, although only one of those victories was in straight sets . Indeed four of the past six matches between the pair have gone the distance.

Federer is yet to drop a set at Rod Laver Arena in 2013, and breezed past Canadian 13th seed Milos Raonic 6-4 7-6 6-2 in the fourth round on Monday night. The four time Australian Open champion has a love affair with Melbourne Park and if he were to be victorious against Tsonga, he would progress to the Australian Open semi-finals for the 11th successive occasion. 

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