Tsonga's revival sets up Bakker tie

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Third seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga fought back from a set down to beat Nicolas Almagro for the second time in as many weeks to secure a berth in the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open yesterday.

The French world No 10, who defeated Spaniard Almagro in last week's Monte Carlo Masters, had his serve broken twice in the opening set on the Catalan clay before rallying to win 5-7, 6-1, 6-4. Tsonga will play former junior world No 1 Thiemo de Bakker for a place in tomorrow's semi-finals after the 21-year-old Dutchman upset seventh seed and former French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-6, 3-6, 7-6.

Spanish eighth seed David Ferrer, runner-up to compatriot Rafael Nadal the past two years, advanced after Simone Bolelli retired from their match.