What makes Tsonga special, IMHO, is the talent, power AND agility he possesses.. With the big servers, Roger likes to chip/block the return, lure the opponent to the court and pass him.. For most of the big fellas, the forecourt is their 'Achilles' heel'.. Tsonga is a big fella with a deft touch.. He can belt the forehand in the corner and follow up with a confident drop volley at the net..
Nevertheless, it will come down to how he feels on court tomorrow.. In a lot of ways, Tsonga is like the French rugby team, very volatile and unpredictable.. The odds are on a Federer victory, but if Tsonga comes out firing and believing and gets the crowd involved, we could very well have a match on our hands..
Importantly, Roger must look to play hard and smart, a la the previous round against Raonic.. Plan A has to click - his serve and forehand are crucial towards deciding the fate of the contest.. If he is forced to defend/dig deep, Tsonga will fancy his chances..