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Tsonga cruises into Stockholm Open semifinals

STOCKHOLM--Top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3, 6-4 on Friday to earn a place in the Stockholm Open semifinals against 2009 champion Marcos Baghdatis.

The seventh-ranked Frenchman, playing in the Swedish capital for the first time, put on an impressive display of serve and volley tennis to advance.

Leading 5-3 in the second set, Tsonga squandered four match points on Stakhovsky's serve. But on his serve, Tsonga finished with a powerful forehand winner on the fifth match point.

Cypriot Baghdatis edged Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis 6-3, 7-6 (4).

The other semifinal features Spain's Nicolas Almagro and second-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.

Almagro beat former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt 6-1, 6-4, while Berdych defeated Russia's Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 7-6 (2) in the late match.

In a highly entertaining contest filled with baseline rallies, Berdych looked set for a comfortable win when he broke Youzhny early in the second set.

But Youzhny raised his game and immediately broke back, after which the two players held serve until the tie-break. At that point, Berdych moved up a gear, taking a 5-0 lead before sealing his place in Saturday's semifinals.

Berdych now has a 6-6 head-to-head in meetings with Youzhny.

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France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga celebrates his victory over Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhosky in their quarterfinal match of the Stockholm Open tennis tournament in the Royal Tennis Hall in Stockholm, Sweden, Friday, Oct. 19. Tsonga won the match 6-3, 6-4.

(AP)

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