Roland Garros 2013: Players Who Will Be Energized by Upset of Roger Federer

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIJune 4, 2013

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 04:  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of Franceshakes hands with Roger Federer of Switzerland at the net after their Men's Singles quarter-final match during day ten of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 4, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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By managing to take Roger Federer down at Roland Garros, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga eliminated the major nemesis for most of the remaining men in the 2013 French Open bracket.

The Frenchman's 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 win over the Swiss legend vaulted him into the semifinals of his country's hallowed tournament for the first time in his career. With the field trimmed to six, at least four of the men should be at least a little happy to see Tsonga dismiss Federer.

Per Roland Garros' Twitter account, Fed gives Tsonga his due respect:

Rafael Nadal is the only remaining player who has gotten the best of Federer in his career.

As a result, the following players should view Fed's loss as a sign of hope for the remainder of this tournament.

David Ferrer Should Be Elated

Tsonga's next opponent will be Spanish veteran and clay-court specialist David Ferrer.

Of all six players still remaining, Ferrer should be the happiest to know he won't have to face Fed. In their career series, he is a miserable 0-14 against Federer.

Ferrer is always a game competitor, but he couldn't have been thrilled to see Federer on his side of the draw.

Meanwhile, he's beaten Tsonga two of the three times they've faced off, so his confidence should be high and he should be filled with a renewed sense of hope of reaching his first French Open final.

Good Sign for Wawrinka Too

Stanislas Wawrinka has the unfortunate task of facing Nadal in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. If he can win, he'll reach his first semifinal at the French Open as well.

His luck against Federer has barely been better than Ferrer's. In his career, he's just 1-13 against the 17-time Grand Slam tournament champion.

Wawrinka obviously has a tough test in front of him with Nadal and his potential semifinal opponent. He certainly can't lose sight of that.

However, at least he knows Federer won't be waiting on the other side of the draw if he ultimately reaches the finals.

What About Haas and Djokovic? 

Tommy Haas and Novak Djokovic will battle for the other spot in the semifinals. Neither of them has a winning record against Federer in his career.

However, Djokovic has won eight of the last 11 meetings with Federer, so besides Nadal, he would have had the most confidence facing him.

Haas, though, is just 4-10 against Federer in his career. 

When you look at the way the players who are still alive in the tournament have fared against Federer, it puts into perspective just how big of an upset Tsonga's win was.

In many ways, he did truly slay a beast.

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