Tsonga gets back at Nishikori in French Open

MANILA, Philippines – Skill and mental toughness enabled Philippine Maverick Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to exorcise the demon of his past. But the Frenchman believes that the fans, too, had a hand in his victory. vAfter grinding out a gritty 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3 victory over No. 5 seed Kei Nishikori on Wednesday morning, the nine-time Roland Garros participant fell to his knees in euphoric disbelief. vThere was no sighting of the #TsongaDance. vBut there was a heartfelt “R-O-L-A-N-D J-E A-I-M-E” on the clay, which Tsonga wrote with his foot. He laid down and spread his arms to form the letter “T”, completing the phrase that translated “Roland, I love you,” that was a nod to the outpour of support to the hometown netter, who was born in Le Mans. vAnd there’s a Twitter video, too. vFor the longest time, Nishikori had Tsonga’s number. The Japanese star had won four matches in the five times they met. vBut today, that all changed. Tsonga is now two for four against the young Nishikori. v”I’m so happy, it was tough. He made quite a comeback, but I kept my head up,” Tsonga told The Associated Press. vTsonga, who will also see action in the IPTL this December, will be meeting eighth-seeded Stan Wawrinka in the hopes of keeping rewriting history books alive. vThe last time a Frenchman won in the Roland Garros was 32 years ago. v(Sources from Philstar.com and Philippinemavericks.com)</Text>

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