Djokovic, Federer Murray and Tsonga reach Wimbledon semifinals
July 4, 2012 · Print This Article
Top seed Novak Djokovic breezed into the semifinals of the Wimbledon on Wednesday after defeating first-time quarterfinalist Florian Mayer, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4.
After overcoming a break and a 0-40 hole at 4-all in the first set, Djokovic cruised into his ninth straight grand slam semifinal in one hour and 45 minutes.
Winning 76 percent of his first serve points, Djokovic hit 50 winners to 20 unforced errors and will next face Roger Federer for a place in his second Wimbledon final.
Federer played his best match of the event thus far and proved that his back concerns were not relevant after he dismantled Mikhail Youzhny, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.
Leading comfortably in every set, Federer rocked 25 winners to 13 unforced errors during his 14th straight win over the first-time quarterfinalist.
Elsewhere, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga advanced to his second straight Wimbledon semifinal after he dismissed Philipp Kohlschreiber, 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-2.
Tsonga, who has reached one slam final at the Australian Open in 2008, will take his sonic serve and big forehand into a semifinal clash against Andy Murray.
Murray won the match of the tournament this year after he fought past a determined David Ferrer, 7-6(5), 6-7(6), 6-4, 7-6(4).
Playing high quality tennis throughout the three hours and 52 minute encounter, Murray picked up his game toward the tail-end of each set to slightly overpower his diminutive opponent.
Slamming a 135 MPH ace to end the match, Murray improved to 6-5 against Ferrer in lifetime meetings and will take a 5-1 head-to-head lead against Tsonga in the final four.
Thursday’s action at Wimbledon will feature the women’s semifinals between Serena Williams vs. Victoria Azarenka and Angelique Kerber vs. Agnieszka Radwanska.