Roger Federer praises Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Federer praises Tsonga
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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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