New York: Roger Federer got another chance at Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a Grand Slam quarterfinal — and beat him. Now Novak Djokovic gets another shot at Federer.
Federer reached his eighth consecutive semifinal at the U.S. Open by beating Frenchman Tsonga 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday night in a match delayed about 1 1/2 hours by rain in the first set.
At Wimbledon in late June, Tsonga upset 16-time major champion Federer in the quarterfinals after dropping the first two sets. Until that loss, Federer was unbeaten in 178 matches when taking a two-set lead in a Grand Slam match.
"It's true, the Wimbledon match does come back into your mind, especially when he's got break point in the third, and you're wondering if it will be like Wimbledon," Federer said. "But I was able to come out of that one."
Now Federer faces top-seeded Novak Djokovic in the U.S. Open semifinals, the fifth straight year they will play in New York. Federer holds a 3-1 edge.
In their most recent head-to-head meeting, in this year's French Open semifinals, Federer ended Djokovic's 43-match winning streak.
"I don't know how much Paris is going to help me or help him. It was just one of those great matches of the year. It was special in the moment itself. I hope it's something similar," Federer said, looking ahead to Saturday's semifinals.