ஜோ-வில்பிரைட் சோங்கா – எக்ஸ்பிரஸ் அணியை வென்றதன் பின்னர் ரஃபேல் நடால் பாரிஸ் மாஸ்டர்ஸ் அரையிறுதிக்கு முன்னேறினார்
Rafael Nadal is through to the Paris Masters semi-finals after beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 6-1.
The first set was dominated by the serve as both players held comfortably and set up a tiebreak shootout but Nadal was the more consistent man as Tsonga’s forehand let him down and that allowed the second seed to take the lead.
More errors from Tsonga gifted Nadal the first break of the match early in the second set and the Spaniard never looked back as he broke again to lead 5-1 and then served out the match easily to take his place in the last four.
Nadal will now play Denis Shapovalov on Saturday for a place in Sunday’s final.
Rafael Nadal beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 6-1 (Image: GETTY)
RAFAEL NADAL VS JO-WILFRIED TSONGA AS IT HAPPENED
SECOND SET (*denotes server)
*NADAL 7-6 6-1 TSONGA
Tsonga backhand is long, 40-0. Three match points. Tsonga return into the net. GAME. SET. MATCH NADAL
NADAL 7-6 5-1 TSONGA*
Tsonga forehand is called just out, 30-40. Hawkeye says it was in but Tsonga doesn’t challenge.
And it is a costly error as Tsonga mis-hits a forehand to gift Nadal another break.
*NADAL 7-6 4-1 TSONGA
Tsonga backhand winner up the line, 15-15. Brilliant from Tsonga as he cracks another winner, this time on the forehand side, deuce.
Wow. Sensational Nadal forehand winner to stun Tsonga.
NADAL 7-6 3-1 TSONGA*
Tsonga ends Nadal’s five-game streak with a hold to 30.
*NADAL 7-6 3-0 TSONGA
Lovely touch from Nadal as he hits a deft drop shot, 40-0. But he follows that with an overhit forehand. However, he does finish off the game with an ace.
NADAL 7-6 2-0 TSONGA*
Back-to-back double faults from Tsonga, 0-30. Tsonga forehand into the net, 30-40. Tsonga forehand mis-hit goes wide and Nadal gets the first break of the match.
Rafael Nadal won the first set 7-6 (Image: GETTY)
*NADAL 7-6 1-0 TSONGA
Tsonga’s defensive forehand drifts long, 30-15. Wild Nadal forehand goes wide, 30-all. But he responds with a big wide serve.
And he comes through another game when Tsonga’s backhand goes into the net.
NADAL 7-6 TSONGA – TIEBREAK
Tsonga forehand into the net, 1-0. Magnificent Nadal backhand winner down the line, 2-0. Nadal forehand mis-hit, 2-1. Nadal forehand into the net, 2-2.
Tsonga forehand into the tramlines, 3-2. Nadal double fault, 3-3. Nadal backhand winner, 4-3. Nadal forehand winner on the run, 5-3.
Tsonga forehand winner, 5-4. Tsonga forehand return long, 6-4. Tsonga forehand into the net, 7-4.
*NADAL 6-6 TSONGA
Nadal holds easily. Tiebreak time.
NADAL 5-6 TSONGA*
More excellent serving from Tsonga as he eases to 40-0. And it is another quickfire hold.
*NADAL 5-5 TSONGA
Nice Tsonga backhand return winner, 30-15. And Nadal continues the theme of this match where serve is dominant in this set.
NADAL 4-5 TSONGA*
More excellent serving from Tsonga and he finishes off the game with a lovely serve and volley winner. One game away from the set.
*NADAL 4-4 TSONGA
Nadal volley winner, 30-15. Classic Nadal wide serve gets the error from Tsonga.
NADAL 3-4 TSONGA*
Tsonga forehand winner, 30-0. A fifth ace makes it 40-0. And a Nadal backhand error seals the game.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga lines up a backhand (Image: GETTY)
*NADAL 3-3 TSONGA
Nadal turns defence into attack as he whips a forehand winner up the line. The Spaniard then hits an ace.
NADAL 2-3 TSONGA*
Tsonga backhand long, 0-30. Fantastic attacking tennis from Tsonga as he drills a forehand down the line, 30-all.
An ace makes it 40-30. And another big serve allows him to escape trouble.
*NADAL 2-2 TSONGA
Nadal holds to love in emphatic style. You get the sense that if Nadal gets Tsonga on the run he will get plenty of joy tonight.
NADAL 1-2 TSONGA*
Nadal forehand winner, 15-30. Big Tsonga forehand gets the error from Nadal. Good attacking tennis from Tsonga and a big serve keeps him in front.
*NADAL 1-1 TSONGA
Equally solid start by Nadal as he strikes back-to-back forehand winners up the line, 40-0. Tsonga goes wide with a backhand to concede the game.
NADAL 0-1 TSONGA*
Fast start by Tsonga as he races to 40-0. Nadal puts away a match at the net but then goes long with a forehand return to help Tsonga get off to a good start.
20:00: Nadal and Tsonga are out on court for their match. Tsonga to serve first.
19:45: It is all over in Paris and Shapovalov has completed a 6-2 6-2. Really poor performance from Monfils.
19:35: Gael Monfils and Denis Shapovalov are currently on Court Central. And Shapovalov has been sensational, leading 6-2 5-1 at the moment.
19:20: Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of Rafael Nadal’s quarter-final clash against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Paris Masters.