Jo-Wilfried Tsonga hoping to stop Swiss roll at French Open

A SWISS star stands between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and the fairytale run that has taken the 30-year-old within two wins of the first French victory at Roland Garros in 32 years.

But it isn't world No.2 Roger Federer.

Tsonga (pictured) knocked out Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-1 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-3 in a pulsating five-setter that included a 30-minute delay after a piece of metal scaffolding fell off the scoreboard and injured three spectators.

The win earned the hometown hero a semi-final match-up against Stan Wawrinka who overcame Federer 6-4 6-3 7-6 in blustery conditions to reach the last four at the tournament for the first time.

Meanwhile, Ana Ivanovic is through to her first grand slam semi-final since winning at Roland Garros in 2008. The Serb beat Ukraine's Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-2 and will take on Lucie Safarova after the Czech 13th seed beat Spain's Garbine Muguruza 7-6 6-3.

More tennis news


Man winched to safety after paragliding crash in bushland

Premium Content Man winched to safety after paragliding crash in bushland

A man has suffered spinal and pelvic injuries after crashing into a tree while...

Australia’s vaccine rollout: How it affects you

Premium Content Australia’s vaccine rollout: How it affects you

We explain what the next stage of the vaccine rollout means for you

ABC’s Australia Day language slammed as ‘divisive’

Premium Content ABC’s Australia Day language slammed as ‘divisive’

Aboriginal community leader Warren Mundine says an ABC staff memo mentioning the...