Tsonga into second successive Wimbledon semi-final
Date published :
04 Jul 2012 - 18:47:07
French fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the Wimbledon semi-finals for the second successive year on Wednesday with a 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 win over German 27th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Tsonga's reward will be a clash against either Andy Murray or David Ferrer for a place in Sunday's final.
The flamboyant French player knocked out Roger Federer in the 2011 quarter-finals after being two sets to love down before losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the last four.
"I am happy to win and to get a second chance at a semi-final," said 27-year-old Tsonga.
"Philipp played very well. He served well and was the better player from the baseline. It was tough out there."
Defending a 5-1 career record against Kohlschreiber, Tsonga eventually ran away with the quarter-final clash after battling through three tight sets, his 43 winners and 17 aces proving decisive on Court One.
Kohlschreiber was playing in his first Grand Slam quarter-final at the 33rd time of asking, making the most of the shock second round exit of Rafael Nadal from his section of the draw.