Jo-Wilfred Tsonga cruises to Stockholm semis

Top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3, 6-4 on Friday in the Stockholm Open to set up a semifinal match against 2009 champion Marcos Baghdatis. The seventh-ranked Frenchman, playing in the Swedish capital for the first time, put on an impressive display of serve and volley tennis to advance.

Last updated on Saturday, 20 October, 2012 12:51 IST
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Stockholm: Top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3, 6-4 on Friday in the Stockholm Open to set up a semifinal match against 2009 champion Marcos Baghdatis. The seventh-ranked Frenchman, playing in the Swedish capital for the first time, put on an impressive display of serve and volley tennis to advance.

Leading 5-3 in the second set, Tsonga squandered four match points on Stakhovsky's serve. In the next game, Tsonga finished with a forehand winner on the fifth match point.

Cypriot Baghdatis edged Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis 6-3, 7-6 (4).

Spain's Nicolas Almagro will play second-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in the other semifinal. Almagro beat former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt 6-1, 6-4, and Berdych edged Russia's Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 7-6 (2) in the late match.

Story first published on: Saturday, 20 October 2012 12:47 IST

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