Rafael Nadal overcame strong resistance from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to reach the semifinals of the Rolex Paris Masters on Friday.
The world No. 2 came up against his toughest test this week, but prevailed to clinch a hard-fought 7-6(4), 6-1 victory in one hour and 35 minutes.
Tsonga was rock solid on serve in a first set which did not see a single service game from either player even reach deuce. But Rafa stepped it up in the tie-break, with two incredible winners on the run helping him take a crucial one-set lead. Tsonga’s serve briefly deserted him in the second game of the second set, as successive double faults allowed Nadal to claim the first break of the match and he then sped to victory.
With the win, Rafa extended his winning streak to 14 matches. He now holds a 10-4 ATP Head2Head advantage over the Frenchman.
His semifinal opponent will be Denis Shapovalov, who defeated Gael Monfils 6-2, 6-2.