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.

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