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Federer outclasses Tsonga to reach semifinals

Five-time U.S. Open champion Roger Federer crushed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday in a quarterfinal interrupted by rain for about 1 1/2 hours in the first set.
Federer reached the semifinals at Flushing Meadows for the eighth consecutive year. In the Wimbledon quarterfinals in June, Tsonga came back from a two-set deficit to stun Federer. That was the only time in Federer’s career that he lost a Grand Slam match after taking the first two sets. At 2-2 in the third set, Tsonga got a chance to break. But Federer saved that when Tsonga sent a lob wide. From there, Federer was in good shape, and he broke in the next-to-last game when Tsonga double-faulted. “It’s true, the Wimbledon match does come back into your mind, especially when he’s got break point in the third, and you’re wondering if it will be like Wimbledon,” Federer said. “But I was able to come out of that one.” Now Federer faces top-seeded Novak Djokovic in the U.S. Open semifinals, the fifth straight year they will play in New York. Federer holds a 3-1 edge. In their most recent head-to-head meeting, in this year’s French Open semifinals, Federer ended Djokovic’s 43-match winning streak.