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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ©
Quarter final
7/4/12 1 2 3 4 Tot
fr  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7 4 7 6 3
de  Philipp Kohlschreiber 6 6 6 2 1
Philipp Kohlschreiber ©
  • Tsonga downs Kohlschreiber, into Wimbledon semifinals

    7/4/12 9:59 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga takes care of Philipp Kohlschreiber in four sets on Wednesday at Wimbledon. Tsonga is through to a semifinal clash against home hope Andy Murray.

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga booked a spot in his second consecutive Wimbledon semifinal on Wednesday afternoon, beating Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-2. Tsonga needed two hours and 48 minutes to set up a showdown against Andy Murray.

    After exchanging breaks in the first set, the sixth-ranked Frenchman raced to a commanding 6-1 lead in the tiebreaker. Kohlschreiber promptly erased four set points to pull within 5-6, but Tsonga finally capitalized on his fifth chance with a booming ace down the middle.

    Kohlschreiber, who has been in form the entire year, raised his level in the second. The underdog German gave back a break as he watched a 4-1 advantage evaporate, but he recovered to break again when it mattered most at 5-4.

    It was mostly all Tsonga the rest of the way, although the final turning point did not come until a third-set tiebreaker. The No. 5 seed dominated it seven points to three before seizing complete control in the third. Tsonga's third break of the day ended the proceedings in style with Kohlschreiber serving down 5-2 in the fourth.

    "I'm really happy, really happy," said Tsonga, who finished with 17 aces and no double-faults. "For the second time I've reached the semis. For me, it's going to also be a second chance."

    Tsonga lost to Novak Djokovic in last year's semis after storming back from two sets down against Roger Federer in the quarters. This time he is set to face Murray, who outlasted David Ferrer in four high-quality sets.

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Tsonga looked very good, esp in the big points. I think he'll give Murray a great battle...won't beat him, but may take him to 5.

scoot , 7/4/12 11:27 PM

Congrats to JoWil, if I were a betting man, I'd win some money todayon the QF wins. they all played out as expected.

I like both guys, and all I can say may the best man win. Both don't have a slam to their name, so it would be nice to see either one win his first GS. Go for it guys, it's now or maybe never; hopefully not.

scoretracker , 7/5/12 3:14 AM

scoretracker - would not have gotten very good odds on any of those

RickyDimon , 7/5/12 4:09 AM

@ricky, your're right. I didn't think of the odds. i guess every betting person had those picks and won.

scoretracker , 7/5/12 5:15 AM

Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

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