France's Gael Monfils set up an all French showdown in the final of the ATP Qatar Open in Doha after stunning second ranked Rafae Nadal 6-3, 6-4. It was only Monfils' second win over the Spaniard and the first after he lost their last 5 matches.
Tsonga reached the final when Roger Federer withdrew due to a bad back. "It's always really tough to play against Jo because he has a powerful game, and kind of game [where] it's tough to manipulate him from the baseline," Monfils said.
"I need just to focus on my game and focus on my mind. It's always tougher to be like this in the final against a friend. You want to show him you're the best, and sometimes, you're going too fast, and sometimes you're a bit shaky.
You have to find a balance." "I just focused on my game and being aggressive," said Monfils. "Today everything worked." "I don't think the match was bad for me," Nadal said. "The second set, I started doing well, doing what I have to do to win a match against him...
I didn't play well at the end the match. I was a little bit unlucky in a few decisive movements. He did better than me and I congratulate him. He's playing really well." Tsonga leads their head to head series by 2-1.