Roger Federer praises Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Roger Federer in the ATP Finals semi-final against Andy Murray
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Roger Federer praises Jo-Wilfried Tsonga following his five-set victory over the Frenchman at the Australian Open.

Roger Federer has praised Jo-Wilfried Tsonga following their entertaining five-set quarter-final at the Australian Open.

Federer beat Tsonga 7-6 4-6 7-6 3-6 6-3 to reach the semi-final, where he will face Andy Murray.

The number two seed praised Tsonga's returning and also admitted that he enjoys being involved in memorable matches.

"It was a tough finish, the whole match was tough," Federer said afterwards. "Every set could have gone either way.

"We know what Jo can do, he is always a dangerous opponent and it was a pleasure to play against him. I think he returned better than he has in the past and that will make him even harder to beat in the future.

"You take the game point by point but at the end you can enjoy [the atmosphere]. I am big fan and I watch the matches at other tournaments, so maybe somebody watches me. Five-set thrillers are always special and I was lucky enough to be part of one today."

Federer will face Murray, whom he beat in last year's Wimbledon final, on Friday morning.

Roger Federer waves to the crowd after his fourth round victory over Milos Raonic at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 21, 2013
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1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
16United States Jack Sock2,335
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
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19United States John Isner2,110
20United States Sam Querrey2,060