New Delhi: In a battle of two resurgent players, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga beat Rafael Nadal in three sets on Sunday to book his first ever Shanghai Masters final.
The Frenchman, who has won two 1000 Masters titles before, started the match confidently, winning the first set 6-4 in 46 minutes. He broke Nadal in the fifth game.
But the former World number one Nadal played an emphatic game to win the second set 6-0 in 35 minutes. At times, it seemed the Spaniard has found his mojo back.
But, in the deciding set, Tsonga broke the 14-time Grand Slam winner in the 11th game, and served out to win the set and match 7-5.
Tsonga will play the winner of second semi-final, between World number one Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, in Sunday's final at the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena.