Tsonga, Federer move to semifinals

LONDON — Whatever Rafael Nadal tried to throw at Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Thursday, it seemed the Frenchman was always one step ahead of him.

Now Nadal is hoping he hasn't lost his passion for the game.

Tsonga qualified for the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals at the expense of Nadal, beating the second-ranked Spaniard 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-3 in a decisive round-robin match to join Roger Federer in the last four in the season-ending tournament.

Nadal — who suffered his worst loss ever to Federer in a 6-3, 6-0 defeat Tuesday — then acknowledged that his motivation and desire has been lacking since losing the U.S. Open final to Novak Djokovic in September. Nadal hasn't won a title since then, losing his only final to Andy Murray in Tokyo.

"I was little bit less passionate for the game probably, because I was a little bit more tired than usual," Nadal said. "To compete I wasn't in the right way."

Tsonga improved to 2-1 and Nadal fell to 1-2 in Group B. It is the first time Tsonga has reached the semifinals of the event, while Nadal missed out for the second time in five appearances.

Federer beat Mardy Fish 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 earlier to finish the group stage 3-0. David Ferrer also has qualified for the semifinals from Group A, with top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych in contention for the last spot going into the final group matches today.

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