Novak Djokovic roars with relief after coming through his five-set quarterfinal against French Open crowd favorite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Roland Garros.
Testing times —
The world No. 1 won the first set in just 21 minutes, but then needed to save four match-points in the fourth.
Djokovic's destiny? —
He won that in a tie-break and then romped through the decider to keep alive his hopes of winning the tournament for the first time and holding all four grand slam titles -- which has not been done since 1969.
Tsonga's heartbreak —
It was a bitter disappointment for Tsonga, who was playing in the last eight of his home event for the first time and was seeking to become France's first champion since 1983.
Second time lucky? —
Djokovic will next play Roger Federer in a rematch of last year's semifinal, which the 16-time grand slam champion won to end the Serbian's 43-match winning streak.
Del Potro's pain —
Federer progressed to the last four after repeating his 2009 semifinal win over Juan Martin Del Potro, who won the first two sets this time but was hampered by his heavily-strapped knee.