In a press conference earlier this week at the Brisbane International Jo-Wilfried Tsonga recalled his amazing 2008 Australian Open run that saw him defeating Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and then losing to Novak Djokovic in the final.
It marked the first Serbian player's Grand Slam title. Tsonga, who is back on winning ways this week reaching the semifinals in the Queensland region, said: 'What I keep of this, I would say a moment that would change my life, because I came from not nowhere, but close to it before that.
And after one year before, I was 300 in the world. And one year after I was Top 10. So for me, it was a big change. Not easy to deal with it, especially when you are somebody who likes to be quiet and just stay on your side. And, yeah, after that I tried to continue to improve, because, of course, to keep the level and then to be better, you need to work a lot, because when you don't work, the other guys work and they continue to improve their games.
So that's what I did. And I stayed a long time at the best level, but I never got through to win a Grand Slam. But I did some good things. I beat the best guys a few times. What was difficult and the big challenge for me was to beat them in a row, which is not easy because when you are a win against Rafa and you have to play Andy, it's tough.
And after that, you have the third cutoff with Novak over there. So, yeah, it was not easy. But it was very challenging. I loved it. And, yeah, and today I continue to take pleasure on court and I continue to build good memories.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title