Jo Wilfried Tsonga
July 1, 2011 by staff
Jo Wilfried Tsonga, New world number one, Novak Djokovic, fought against a resistant screen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win a place in his first Wimbledon final today. Djokovic, seeded second, fought a break for a set of first marathon before giving way to a second in front of a crowd on Centre Court.
The Serb squandered two match points in a thrilling third set tie-break before finally sealing a 7-6 (7 / 4), 6-2, 6-7 (11/09) 6-3. Despite being on the defensive during the early stages, Djokovic performed admirably in the face of a brutal opponent’s tennis, towers and will be confirmed as world number one on Monday, regardless of whether they win or Andy Murray or Rafael Nadal Sunday’s final.
There was little evidence that Tsonga will miss the start of the game, and that flew out of the blocks with a superb display of attacking tennis.
Finalist of the Queen of Club started in the same way as Roger Federer ended the previous round, breaking Djokovic in the first game of a series of blows of punishment. Djokovic, apparently surprised by the power of the French seemed to have no answer to his opponent’s beast of a forehand.
However, he provided occasional reminders of his brilliance and grew in confidence towards the end of the first set. Djokovic squandered two break points in the eighth game, but made no mistake as when Tsonga served for the first set. Both players held to take the set with a tiebreak where Tsonga doubled again in 4.6, finding the net with a volley to give Djokovic the lead. Tsonga went from bad to worse as he broke twice in quick succession trail 4-1 in the second set. Djokovic was in full swing, mixing heavy blows to the land left indifferent and took the second set 6-2.
Aware that Tsonga had fought back from two sets down against Federer, Djokovic seemed to close the match in the third. A roller coaster game followed, with both players broke twice due to another tiebreak. The tiebreak was as entertaining as the games that had preceded it, with Djokovic rejecting two match points but missed the second thanks to an impressive ace Tsonga. Tsonga had wasted three set points before making room for office, forcing Djokovic to get a bit over the baseline to win the tiebreak 11-9.
The hard work was put into Tsonga at the end of the third set was lost in the beginning of the fourth Djokovic stormed into a 2-0 lead after breaking his opponent to love. Used later to stay in the match, Tsonga hit a wonderful globe to enjoy the fourth series in ninth game, but it was actually the French looking tired and defeat seemed inevitable. Djokovic kept his cool to win two match points after Tsonga put a forehand in the net, and the Serbian soon kiss the grass center court with joy after Tsonga sent a return wide.
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