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By Akshay Kohli
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A slightly subdued encounter finally went the Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's way, after the Frenchman played a fantastic last set to overcome an erratic Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarterfinal at the all England Club. The World No.5 fired 17 aces and 43 winners in the match to finally win it 7-6,4-6,7-6,6-2.
Tsonga took the opening set after the servers had their way in the first set. Even though he had his chances to break the German, he couldn't. But a very impressive tie-break by Tsonga along with a rather poor tie break by Kohlscrieber saw Tsonga take the lead. With 6 aces and 13 winners, Tsonga lost only 2 points when his first serve went in and also lost just 2 points when he came forwar, proving how much at ease he was.
Kohlschreiber fought back! He really raised the bar with some high quality tennis, hitting 13 winners and breaking the Tsonga serve twice. Tsonga came back from 1-4 down but was not able to sustain the level as the German broke in the tenth game. Kohlschreiber really looked confident as he took his chances at the right time and they all worked in his favor.
An evenly matched set came to end after a fine serve by the Frenchman, who hit 5 aces and 13 winners to take a vital 2 sets to 1 lead. With no breaks in the third set, Tsonga stepped up his game in the tie break, forcing Kohlschreiber to come up with something extraordinary and that led to the German's downfall.
In the fourth the Frenchman really turned it on, and cashed in on any small little error that the German made. He took his game up a notch, and played confidently for the first time. For the first time in the match, Kohlschreiber looked tired and conceded the set 6-2.
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