Jo-Wilfried Tsonga takes the positives

Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga leaps for joy after winning his third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 19, 2013
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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga believes that he is a better player now than when he reached the final of the Australian Open in 2008.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has insisted that he is moving in the right direction despite his loss to Roger Federer in the quarter-final of the Australian Open.

The Frenchman lost a five-set thriller on the Rod Laver Arena last night.

Tsonga has failed to reach the final of a Grand Dlam since he went down to Novak Djokovic in Melbourne in 2008.

However, he believes that he is a better player now than he was five years ago.

"I think I'm more solid [now than in 2008]," said Tsonga.

"Sometimes you play two weeks unbelievable and you don't know why. But it stays two weeks and, for a few months after that, you lose everything.

"Now I'm a better player for sure."

Tsonga has reached three Grand Slam semi-finals.

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