Tennis: Tsonga trounces Federer to reach French Open semis

PARIS (Reuters) - There will be no Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the French Open for only the second time in nine years, after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga produced a rip-roaring performance to beat the Swiss maestro 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.

Twelve months after blowing four match points at the same stage against Novak Djokovic, the sixth-seeded Frenchman made sure he had a much easier ride, as he sparked wild jubilations on Chatrier Court by downing a player who is used to being a fan favourite no matter where he plays.

A backhand long from second seed Federer on match point handed Tsonga a place in the last four at Roland Garros for the first time, as Federer made a quick exit from the arena where he had held aloft the Musketeers' Cup in 2009.

Tsonga will face fourth seed David Ferrer, who thumped Spanish compatriot Tommy Robredo 6-2, 6-1, 6-1, in the last four.