• Djokovic downs Tsonga, into semis vs. Murray

    8/2/12 7:56 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Djokovic downs Tsonga, into semis vs. Murray Novak Djokovic takes care of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets on Thursday in London. Djokovic heads into a semifinal showdown against home hope Andy Murray.

    Novak Djokovic is one win away from another Olympic medal after beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 7-5 during quarterfinal action on Thursday afternoon in London. Djokovic, the bronze medalist four years ago in Beijing, struck three aces without double-faulting as he advanced in one hour and 20 minutes.

    A dominant first set saw the Serb hold three of his four service games at love. He fought off one break point in the other, so two breaks of his own were more than enough for Djokovic to cruise through the opener.

    Tsonga, who had outlasted Milos Raonic 25-23 in the third set of a second-round marathon, was not about to end his week without a fight. The sixth-ranked Frenchman broke for a 2-0 advantage in the second only to give it right back. Both players took care of their serves from there en route to 5-5 before Djokovic broke then held to clinch victory.

    "Very satisfied with my game today," said the world No. 2. "I was very sharp, very aggressive from the start. I knew what I wanted to do. I needed to start off well and I did. Then I was growing in confidence.

    "It was very windy. I think it was the windiest day I've played here in London in recent years. I'm really satisfied that I managed to find a way to play well."

    Next up for Djokovic is familiar foe Andy Murray, who eased past Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-1. Djokovic leads the head-to-head series 8-5, including 2-1 this year thanks in part to a 6-3, 3-6, 6-7(4), 6-1, 7-5 victory in the Aussie Open semifinals.

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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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