Roger Federer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Headline 2011 Paris Masters Semifinals

Shane LambertAnalyst IINovember 11, 2011

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The 2011 BNP Paribas Masters (Paris Masters) will conclude this weekend as there are only four players left in the event.

On one side of the draw Roger Federer will face Tomas Berdych for a spot in the tournament's final.

Federer and Berdych have met 13 times in the past, with the Swiss Maestro winning nine of those matches. But the match in Paris on Saturday should be quite competitive despite the one-sided head-to-head record.

Berdych won three of his last four matches against Federer, a trend that includes a victory earlier this year in Cincinnati.

Federer is playing hot right now as he has followed up on his Basel title from last week with three convincing wins this week.

However, one has to wonder if the world No. 4 is going to fatigue soon, as he did not have many days off between the Basel final and his second-round match in Paris this week.

Federer did stumble in the Paris Masters semis last season against Gael Monfils, a result that remains the Frenchman's only career win against Federer.

The 6'5" Berdych looks threatening, especially following a win against Scotland's Andy Murray, one of the hottest players on tour at the moment.

On the other half of the draw, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will face John Isner. 

The two players have met on tour before but only one time, a match that went Isner's way. The 6'9" American leads the ATP in aces in 2011. He defeated a very consistent player in the quarters in Spain's David Ferrer.

Tsonga is an excellent server as well, as he is second in aces on the ATP Tour in 2011. The Frenchman is a more complete player when compared to Isner as Tsonga is more likely to break his opponent's serve, having won 22 percent of his returning games this season, whereas Isner has only won 13 percent.

Tsonga also received some luck on Friday as world No. 1 Novak Djokovic provided a walkover in the quarters to the French player.

That means Tsonga should have an edge in the semis. He should be much fresher than Isner on Saturday, especially since the slow-footed American went three sets against Ferrer.


The Order of Play for Saturday is as follows:

CENTRAL COURT start 11:45 a.m.

(No. 3) M/ Mirnyi (BLR) / D. Nestor (CAN) vs. (No. 7) R. Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK)


Not Before 2:00 p.m.

(No. 4) R/ Federer (SUI) vs (No. 5) T Berdych (CZE)


Not Before 5:00 p.m.

(No. 6) J. Tsonga (FRA) vs. J. Isner (USA)

(WC) J Benneteau (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) vs. S Gonzalez (MEX) / C Kas (GER) 


Tsonga looks great to make the final, but the Federer vs. Berdych match looks as though it will be a lot tighter.