Tsonga and Berdych cruise into Stockholm semifinals

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Top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga booked his place in the Stockholm Open 2012 semifinals with an impressive victory over Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine, winning 6-3 6-4.

The Frenchman could have closed out the match even earlier, but he failed to convert any of the four match points he had when Stakhovsky was serving to stay in the match at 3-6 3-5 down. However, it was all over a game later and Tsonga set up a semis clash against the 2009 champion Marcos Baghdatis.

In the other half of the draw, second seeded Tomas Berdych was made to work just a bit harder against the no.6 seed Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, eventually prevailing 6-3 7-6 (2). He will now play Spaniard Nicolas Almagro for the place in Sunday’s final. Almagro advanced into the semis by beating former world no.1 Lleyton Hewitt also in straight sets 6-1 6-4.



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