Paris Masters: Rafael Nadal fends off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to reach last-four
With the win, 33-year-old Nadal has now improved his ATP Head-to-Head rivalry against Tsonga to 10-4.
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Updated: Nov 02, 2019, 18:45 PM IST
Spanish tennis maestro Rafael Nadal booked his place in the semi-final of the ongoing Rolex Paris Masters after edging past home favorite and 2008 champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets in the last-eight clash at Bercy Arena on Saturday.
The 19-time Grand Slam champion did not face a break point while winning 93 per cent of his first-serve points during his 7-6(4), 6-1 over Tsonga in a thrilling last-eight clash of the men‘s singles event that lasted one hour and 35 minutes.
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In the opening set, Tsonga used his first serve to push the Spaniard hard, losing just one first serve-point in the way. However, Nadal displayed his best tennis in the tie-breaker to settle his opponent‘s level and he never looked back from there.
With the win, 33-year-old Nadal has now improved his ATP Head-to-Head rivalry against Tsonga to 10-4, the Association for Tennis Professionals (ATP) reported.
Nadal, who is bidding for a record-extending 36th ATP Masters 1000 title this week, could grab the year-end No.1 spot in the ATP rankings if he beats Canadian tennis player Denis Shapovalov in the semi-final clash later in the day and Novak Djokovic loses against Grigor Dimitrov in the other last-four clash.
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