David Ferrer beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets Friday evening to advance to the French Open Final. This will be Ferrer’s first Grand Slam final appearance in his career and he will face fellow countryman Rafael Nadal on Sunday. It has taken him 42 tournaments to reach a Grand Slam final, ending the longest drought out of all players.
The match lasted a little over two hours and Ferrer won 6-1, 7-6 (3), 6-2. Tsonga was not much of a challenge to Ferrer. He had 56 unforced errors while Ferrer only had 21. They were pretty evenly matched with first serve points won, but Ferrer had more second serve points at 66%. Tsonga only had 40%.
Ferrer completely crushed Tsonga in the first set. Tsonga tried to fight back in the second, but Ferrer was not going to give up and came back to win it. It was almost as if Tsonga gave up because he did not appear to be himself. He sailed through the early rounds, including against Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, but was dominated by Ferrer in the third set.
Tsonga was trying to become the first Frenchman to reach the final since Henri Leconte in 1988. A Frenchman has not won since Yannick Noah won in 1983. Not is it Ferrer’s first Grand Slam final, but he is also the first Spaniard to reach the French Open Final other than Nadal since 2002, and it is the first all-Spanish final since 2001.