French Open 2013 Men's Semifinals: Ferrer vs. Tsonga Preview and Prediction

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French Open 2013 Men's Semifinals: Ferrer vs. Tsonga Preview and Prediction
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Both Frenchman Jo Wilfried Tsonga and Spaniard David Ferrer stand on the precipice of achieving something momentous. One of these two men will advance to the finals of the 2013 French Open in Paris.

After surviving the semifinal round, there is only one more match to win before achieving a dream—winning the French Open championship.

For Tsonga it means redemption, winning a title no Frenchman has won since Yannick Noah captured the crown in 1983, 30 years ago. After upending Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, belief in Tsonga's chances magnified two-fold.

Touted by sports writers everywhere as the best of a very talented corps of French players, Tsonga can realize his ambition to win the trophy for himself and his country.

For Ferrer, sitting in the No. 5 spot for the past few seasons, the opportunity to make his mark in history by winning a major on clay is at hand. It will, no doubt, be his best and last chance to be a Grand Slam winner because clay remains his best surface.

This year, either Ferrer or Tsonga will find themselves following in Swede Robin Soderling’s footsteps, trying to reach this year's French Open Championship match for first time.

Who has the best chance of making the final? Consider the following analysis.

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