Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: 'Roger Federer an incredible tennis player'

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in action in the second round at the Australian Open on January 17, 2013
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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga says that he has to "unrespect" Roger Federer if he wants to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has said that he must not show too much respect to Roger Federer in their quarter-final encounter at the Australian Open.

The pair will go head to head for a place in the last four in tomorrow's night match on Rod Laver Arena.

The Frenchman, who ousted the world number two at this stage of Wimbledon two years ago, revealed that he has a good relationship with Federer, but will be putting personal feelings aside when he steps out on court.

"I've got a lot of respect for him," said Tsonga. "He's just an incredible tennis player, an example for many people.

"I have respect for him outside of the court and, on the court, I have to - how you say - unrespect him? Because if you respect him too much, then for sure you lose.

"We have a good relationship in the locker room, but it's different on the court. On the court, I will try to beat him and I'm sure it's going to be the same thing for him."

Tsonga was a runner-up in Melbourne in 2008.

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ATP RankingsPoints
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
18Lucas Pouille2,220
19United States John Isner2,110
20United States Sam Querrey2,060
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