Djokovic reaches Thailand Open semis
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:03
Djokovic’s win over the sixth seed on Friday came just hours after Tsonga reached the semis on the opposite side of the draw with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Jurgen Melzer.
The results kept alive the possibility of a Djokovic-Tsonga final, which would be a rematch of January’s Australian Open championship match.
Djokovic beat the Frenchman, seeded second here, in four sets in that showdown, claiming his first grand slam title.
Before the world number three entertains thoughts of a rematch with Tsonga, he must first get past third seed Tomas Berdych on Saturday in what will be their first meeting.
Czech Berdych progressed on Friday with a 7-6 (8/6) 6-3 win over France’s Nicolas Mahut.
Tsonga’s opponent in the last four will be fourth-seeded compatriot Gael Monfils, who claimed a 7-6 (8/6) 6-4 victory over German Philipp Petzschner.
The all-French semi-final will be the first ATP main-draw meeting between Tsonga and Monfils. The two have met once at the France F14 tournament in 2003, when Tsonga forged a 6-2 6-3 triumph.