French Open 2013: David Ferrer beats Jo-Wilfred Tsonga to finally reach Grand Slam final

The crowd chanted Tsonga's name in a bid to kick-start his match, but little was going right for the Frenchman who was playing in his first French Open semi-final in what was his sixth attempt.

updated: June 08, 2013 01:46 IST
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Paris: David Ferrer wrecked French hopes of a first male champion at Roland Garros in 30 years on Friday when he defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 in the semi-finals.

It was a crippling blow to the sixth seed who was out to match the feat of Yannick Noah, who last won the title for France in 1983. (Read: Nadal vs Djokovic match report)

But it was a richly deserved reward for outstanding perseverance on the part of 31-year-old Ferrer, who reached his first Grand Slam final in his 42nd appearance, by far the longest wait in the Open Era.

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