French Open, Day 10: Tsonga takes down Federer in straight sets

Shane Bacon
Busted Racquet

It was a pretty weak day by French Open standards. Roger Federer got beat in straight sets. David Ferrer advanced to the semifinals in about as easy a quarterfinals match as you'll ever see.

Serena Williams might have been part of the match of the day, as she was able to escape Svetlana Kuznetsova in three sets, but even that one didn't feel as close as it looked in the final set.

Still, two of the four men's semifinalist are set with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Ferrer, while Williams and Sara Errani will face off in the first women's semifinal match.

Well this is the time we talk about Roger Federer and what exactly happened on Tuesday at the French Open.

Clay has never been Federer's favorite surface, winning just one French Open in his career, but his inability to change up his game plan against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga might have been the most surprising thing about the straight-sets loss.

Federer has had some trouble with Tsonga in the past, but this wasn't just a bad match, it was a beating. Tsonga controlled almost every game after getting broke early in the first set, and if it wasn't him hitting passing shots, it was Federer dumping fairly easy shots into the net.

Wimbledon is Federer's most comfortable surface, but I think this loss, the way it happened, is scary for fans of Federer. Tsonga is a very talented player who has worked hard to increase his fitness and be better the longer the tournament goes, but we don't see Federer get drilled this bad in Grand Slams, and at 31 it seems that the beginning of the end is in sight for Roger.

Despite his loss, the picture of the day belongs to this legend. Federer's serve motion, coupled with the angle of this picture, makes it look like the guy is almost falling over, definitely a cool look considering the red clay in the background.

“He was in all areas better than me today, that's why the result was pretty clean." -- Roger Federer after his straight set loss to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Not only was it the shot of the day, it was the shot of the day, quite literally to Roger's body. Tsonga, with break point in hand, went right at Federer in the third set, adding insult to injury as the ball nailed Federer and landed Tsonga the break.

Wednesday will give us the rest of the quarterfinal matches at the French Open. Jelena Jankovic will get defending champion Maria Sharapova, while Maria Kirilenko will battle Victoria Azarenka.

For the men it will be seven-time champion Rafael Nadal battling Stanislas Wawrinka, while Novak Djokovic will face Tommy Haas later in the day.

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