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Why He Could Win: This French Open may be Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's best chance to capture a Grand Slam singles title. The Frenchman is playing the best tennis of his career, as demonstrated by his straight-set victory over Roger Federer in the quarterfinals and the fact that he has yet to lose a set in the tournament.
In addition, he will have the backing of the French crowd, which is important for an emotional, streaky player like Tsonga,
Finally, he will have to beat only one of the two favorites to capture a title since Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are situated in the other half of the draw.
His Biggest Obstacle: Tsonga's only victory over semifinal opponent David Ferrer came on grass, and Ferrer is clearly the better clay-court player. Nonetheless, a bigger obstacle would come in the finals against Nadal or Djokovic.
Tsonga has the weapons to beat Djokovic or Nadal if he keeps playing at a high level. However, Tsonga has lost his last six matches to Djokovic, including two on clay, and failed to take a set off Nadal in their only two career clay-court meetings.