On day 3 of the French Open, on Court Philippe Chartier, the match between Casper Ruud and the tournament's wild card, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, was played. The French player, who chose to play his last Grand Slam in his native land, fought in the first two sets: he won the first in a daring tiebreak, while he lost the second in the same way.
With the passing of the minutes and the games, however, the 2008 Australian Open finalist suffered a physical decline, as well as a shoulder problem for which he requested a medical time-out. In a last tiebreak that had no history, the match ended with the Norwegian's victory over the French, who was able to greet the home crowd.
Tears and emotion for one of the heroes of French tennis, greeted by a standing ovation from the French public, but not only. In fact, one of his historical rivals has decided to dedicate a message to him on social media.
Roger Federer sand a BEAUTIFUL message for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
"Congratulations Jo Willy on his epic career.
It was a pleasure to share the field with you. So many memories," these are the beautiful words that Roger Federer wanted to dedicate to the former number five in the world in a social message, published both on Instagram and on Twitter.
Roger Federer and Jo Wilfried Tsonga have faced each other numerous times, including some major tournament finals. Only one was won by Jo Wilfried Tsonga: in 2014, at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, two sets were enough to win against the Swiss.
Still on the subject of the finals, however, it is Roger Federer who has the numbers from him. Two weeks later, the Swiss won against the Frenchman on two occasions: first in the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy, then in the ATP Finals in London, where the former world number one needed to reach the third set to conquer the cup of the Master.