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Tsonga is 1-1 in major semifinals, both coming on hard courts at the Australian Open, but his game is suited for the grass. He proved that Wednesday, becoming the first man in 179 Grand Slam matches to beat Federer after losing the opening two sets.

“At the moment, you don’t think about it,” Tsonga said of his mindset after losing the second set. “You just think [that] you have to stay consistent and keep your serve, and that’s it.