Swiss fourth seed Stan Wawrinka defeated 12th-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Tuesday in Melbourne.
The 2014 Australian Open winner needed two hours and 17 minutes in the Rod Laver Arena to defeat Tsonga 7-6(2), 6-4, 6-3 to set up a final four clash against the winner of the Roger Federer and Mischa Zverev match happening later today.
The opening set was fairly routine as both, being big-servers, held serve comfortably without having a break point against each other as the set went on to be decided by a tiebreaker.
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The 31-year-old Wawrinka dominated the breaker winning it 7-2 thanks to four mini-breaks to take the first set 7-6 in 50 minutes.
Things proceeded on serve in the next set until the seventh game where Tsonga got the first break of the match to lead 4-3 but that did not last as Wawrinka broke back immediately, held serve and claimed the Frenchman's serve again to win the set 6-4 and lead by two sets.
The third set started with Wawrinka's serve being put under enormous pressure in the opening game as he managed to fight off two break points to hold. Then in the very next game, he broke Tsonga to love to lead 2-0.
From there on the three-times grand slam winner clearly had the edge, looking far sharper than his 31-year-old opponent and things went with serve until Wawrinka served out the set and match, winning it 6-3, converting his first match point when Tsonga pushed a defensive lob over the baseline.
The stats show just show how well Wawrinka played, winning 71% of his points on the first serve, 65% off the second, and he won nearly every point that he faced at the net. The Swiss hit 41 winners to Tsonga's 27.
In his on court interview with Jim Courier afterwards, Wawrinka said Tsonga was always a tough customer to deal with.
"It's never easy to play against him…he's a strong player and the conditions were quite fast today," he said.
"It was a little bit windy and (the ball) wasn't too easy to control.In the first set, I think I rallied a bit too much but then I started to move a bit better and be a bit more aggressive and I think that was the difference."
When asked about his next opponent, Wawrinka smiled and said: "In case I play Roger, it's going to be tough to have some fans but hopefully some cheer for me."