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Tsonga stuns Federer; Djokovic in semis

By The Assam Tribune

LONDON, June 29 (Agencies): Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came from two sets down to beat Roger Federer 3-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 for a place in the Wimbledon semifinals here today. Now Tsonga will face Djokovic for a place in Sunday�s final. Federer will have to wait till next year for the 7th Wimbledon title.

In the other quarterfinal, Novak Djokovic brought Bernard Tomic�s sensational Wimbledon run to an end with a four-set victory to reach his fifth straight Grand Slam semi-final.

Djokovic made a superb start before Tomic fought back to take the second set and go a break up in the third.

The 18-year-old Australian qualifier overturned a break in the fourth but Djokovic came through 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.

�I�m delighted to be through, it�s a great result,� Djokovic told BBC Sport. �In the first set I played well but one bad service game in the second let him in and then he was the better player.

�I had some very difficult service games but I managed to hold on and win the match. He�s such an unpredictable player - very young and hitting a lot of winners.

�He did not make a lot of errors from the baseline and that made my life very difficult. I tried to change the pace but he was better at that, so it was cat and mouse. I�m just pleased to get through.

�Whoever I play next, it�s a big one and I�ve got to get ready. I�ll try to focus on my game get some things better for the that match.�

Tomic had been one of the stories of this year�s tournament, stunning Robin Soderling in round three before beating Xavier Malisse to become the youngest man to make the quarter-finals since Boris Becker in 1986. He was aiming to be the first qualifier since Vladimir Voltchkov in 2000 to advance to the the last four, but Djokovic proved just too strong.

The second seed converted his fifth break point in a nine-minute opening game with a brilliant drop volley, and followed it up with three comfortable service holds for a 4-2 lead.

Tomic was moving and striking the ball with elegance, but his opponent could not put a foot wrong and secured the double break in game seven before serving out the set to love with an ace.

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