Stanislas Wawrinka has been defeated by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter final of the Monte Carlo Masters. Tsonga won the match by 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Tsonga who has been given the sixth seed in this competition had to fight hard to defeat the Swiss no. 2. He was trailing by a set at one point of time, but, he showed great temperament and played some quality tennis in the second and the third set to make his way into the final 4. The match went on for 2 hours and 10 minutes.

In the post match interview, Tsonga said, “I didn’t get the kind of start that I wanted, but, it was important not to get demoralized. I just tried to calm myself down before the second set and decided to play with a positive approach in the remainder of the match.”

In the opening set, neither of the two players dropped his serve in the first four games and the scores were levelled at 2-2 when the 4th game got finished.

After that, it was a Wawrinka show in the first set. With serve breaks in the 5th and the 7th game, he won the next four games in a row and sealed the first set by 6-2.

In the second set, Tsonga started well. He broke Wawrinka’s serve in the 4th game and then, with a serve hold in the 5th game, he took a lead of 4-1. The next three games went with the serve and Tsonga was leading by 5-3 at the end of the 8th game.

To take the set further, Wawrinka had to stop Tsonga from holding his serve in the 9th game which he couldn’t do. With an easy serve hold, the Frenchman took the match into the third set.

In the third set, Tsonga got a breakthrough in the 7th game to take a lead of 4-3. Thereafter, he won his remaining service games and kept his lead till the end to win the set by 6-4.

In the semi final, Tsonga will face the winner of the match between Rafael Nadal and Grigor Dimitrov.