David played remarkably well. For a person who had beaten Roger Federer and the majority of the crowd rooting for him, Tsonga didn’t play up to the expectations. David pretty easily handled the match and beat him 6-1, 7-6(3), 6-2.
I’m not gonna get into the bitty-gritty stats. I’ll just highlight the fact that the most crediting factor to his win was the fact he played well at the net winning 17 of 22 points. The other factor was that Tsonga may have felt too much pressure from the crowd or Ferru himself…but the Frenchman made a high amount (56) of unforced errors.
“I’m very, very happy. This tournament is very special for me and to be the first final of Grand Slam in Roland Garros is amazing. Now I want to enjoy this moment, to rest tomorrow, and to try my best in the final.” D.F.
I loved how Ferrer’s camp was so emotional. You can tell how much this win meant to everyone. Especially his mom, who seemed to get teary eyed. Huge congratulations to Javi Piles for his 10+years of work with David. To think that there was a time where Javi had to lock David up in a storage room as a threat until he agreed to practice! Wow, he’s come such a long way. I’m really proud of being a fan of Ferru. BTW, did anyone else expect him to run into his camp for the huge victory? I was…I’m a bit of a gushy person when it comes to all the emotional scenes. I wanna see Ferru plant another one on Marta come Sunday! 😉 (Hey, I can be happy for her…she is so lucky!) BTW, here’s a pic of David with mom and dad with some family friends. (a tweet from his academy)
As for the other semifinal. Rafael Nadal refuses to be outplayed in Roland Garros. His quest for his 8th Roland Garros title continues. On Friday he beat Novak Djokovic in a 5-set match 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7(3), 9-7. Even though he was down a break in the 5th set he kept his confidence and was able to break back by fighting for every point.
Come Sunday it’s gonna be a battle between two friends and countrymen. Ferru has finally achieved his dream of reaching a major, and that too on his favorite surface. Perhaps it’s unfortunate that his opponent is the best clay-courter in history. As for Rafa, he’s simply out there to keep rewriting history with his success at this tournament.
David and Rafael have had many matches before. This Sunday will be the fourth time they meet each other this season, coincidentally on clay. The Mallorcan leads their H2H 19-4. Being logical I know that Rafael will most likely win this. He’s simply the better player here, and has more experience of being in major finals. We know that Ferru has the ability to cause some trouble to his opponents. Remember he was about to win against Rafa in Madrid of this year, but he lost his momentum. I think David needs to show up thinking that he can win (he should come to the match with the right attitude).
I know I write about a blog about the Spanish Armada and not just Ferru! 😛 This may come across as a childish remark–> but Rafa’s won so many here, I honestly would like to see a new victor here. I know it’s gonna be near impossible given their H2H and their history…I guess we are gonna have to just wait and watch come Sunday. Wonder if Juan Carlos is gonna fly in to watch this one?!
Best of luck Ferru and Rafa!