Result: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga secures first semi-final place in Monte Carlo Masters

Result: Tsonga nabs semi-final spot
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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga snatches the first place in the final four of the Monte Carlo Masters with a victory over Stanislas Wawrinka in three sets.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has clinched the first semi-final spot in the Monte Carlo Masters courtesy of a 2-6 6-3 6-4 victory over 13th seed Stanislas Wawrinka.

It was a tight opening first few games in the first set, with both competitors holding their serves well and committing strong shots across the clay court.

Despite both players starting positively, it was Wawrinka, who knocked out Andy Murray in the third round, who nabbed a vital break of serve to push on and take a one-set lead in Monte Carlo.

Tsonga needed to launch a fightback in the second set and he did just that by taking 37 minutes to snatch a break and take control of the court.

The Frenchman was able to keep his composure with powerful forehands and swift returns to force the match into a third and deciding set.

Both competitors controlled their service games, but it took a break from Tsonga to move the game into his favour and take the third set for a place in the final four.

Stanislas Wawrinka celebrates after defeating Andy Murray in the Monte Carlo Masters on April 18, 2013
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