Federer vs. Tsonga: King Fed's Serve Will Prove Too Much for Frenchman

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIJanuary 22, 2013

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15:  Roger Federer of Switzerland serves in his first round match against Benoit Paire of France during day two of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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Roger Federer will take on Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Australian Open as they both vie for a spot in the final four of the tournament.

The pair have played each other on 11 occasions with the Swiss maestro winning eight of them, including at the semifinals of the 2010 Australian Open.

And whilst both will feel they have a great chance to push through to the final four of the opening Grand Slam of the year, Federer will simply be too much for Tsonga to overcome here—the former champion is simply playing too well at the moment.

The key for the Fed express being his service game, which has been simply phenomenal throughout the 2013 Australian Open so far. He has honed it down to a fine art and his opponents have no answer to the clinic that is often on show at the other end of the court.

Many won't consider Federer to have the biggest serve on tour, but having honed it for several years, the Swiss ace is certainly starting to prove himself as just that.

Federer finished fourth on tour last season for total aces—more than several players who are thought to have quite big serves. Tomas Berdych, Kevin Anderson, Stanislas Wawrinka and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga were all behind the Fed express in aces recorded throughout 2012.

Couple that then with Federer's dominance on first serve.

Federer landed 63 percent of his first services in 2012, just seven percent behind the tour-leader Nikolay Davydenko, and went on to win a staggering 78 percent of those points—ranking him fourth across all the players on the men's tour.

Only the big serving Milos Raonic and John Isner would win a higher percentage of their service games last season, with Fed's 91 percent highlighting just how strong his service game truly is.

Much of the same has continued at Melbourne to kick off 2013, with Federer turning in one of the strongest service tournaments so far.

Let alone dropping a set—Roger is yet to drop a single service game throughout the entire tournament to date, winning all 57 of his service games so far.

In his last two matches against quality opponents in Bernard Tomic and Milos Raonic, Federer has been simply dominant on his own serve and has taken his game to a level that few men in world tennis are capable of keeping up with.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is not one of those men.

The Frenchman does have a big service game of his own and powerful groundstrokes to match, but he simply isn't at the level of Federer right now.

The Swiss maestro is proving why he is one of the true greats of the game and why he consistently makes the semifinals and finals of all major tournaments.

Expect Roger Federer to cruise through here in straight sets, with his strong service game the driving force behind his success.


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