Jo-Wilfried Tsonga through to semis

Updated: October 19, 2012, 5:15 PM ET
Associated Press

STOCKHOLM -- Top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3, 6-4 on Friday to reach the Stockholm Open semifinals.

The seventh-ranked Frenchman, playing in the Swedish capital for the first time, put on an impressive display of serve and volley tennis to line up a meeting on Saturday with 2009 champion Marcos Baghdatis.

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

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.

Spain's Nicolas Almagro will play second-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in the other semifinal. Almagro beat former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt 6-1, 6-4, and Berdych edged Russia's Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 7-6 (2) in the late match.


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