World No.19 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is in the 2011 Wimbledon Semi-Finals for the first time in his career and will face World No.2 Novak Djokovic, Friday July 1st, for a spot in the Finals. Tsonga leads Djokovic 5-2 SU and has won four of their last five meetings. Wimbledon oddsmakers have Novak Djokovic as a -250 moneyline favourite to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who is listed as a +500 underdog. Be sure to get your 2011 Wimbledon Odds: Novak Djokovic vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Semi-Final Predictions in early.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga became the first player ever to overturn a two-set deficit and beat Roger Federer in a Grand Slam match in the Wimbledon quarter-finals on Wednesday. The Frenchman demonstrated all his flair and power as he rallied to defeat the six-time champion 3-6, 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 on Centre Court. "For me it's just amazing," said Tsonga. "The feeling is like maybe beating [Rafael] Nadal in Roland Garros, so it's just amazing. And for me it will be, for sure, one of the best memories in my career anyway." Tsonga is through to the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time, having fallen to Andy Murray in the 2010 quarter-finals at the All England Club. The Frenchman made his major breakthrough at the 2008 Australian Open, where he beat Rafael Nadal to reach his first final before finishing runner-up to Novak Djokovic. Two years later he reached the semi-finals in Melbourne for the second time, when he was beaten by Federer in straight sets. Tsonga has an entertaining style of play, known for his effectively potent serves, as well as having powerful, heavy forehands and having great touch at the net. He has an offensive baseline style of play, but is also able to mix his style of play up by rushing to the net. He is also currently one of the very few remaining players who often utilizes a serve-and-volley type of play. Tsonga's movement around the court is considered to be very good, considering his height. While he has a flashy style of play in his repertoire, his weakness often draws from a lack of mental strength in important moments.
Novak Djokovic defeated his regular practice partner, 18-year-old Australian qualifier Bernard Tomic, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in two hours and 41 minutes on Wednesday for a place in the semi-finals at the All England Club. The 24-year-old Serbian also advanced to the semi-finals in 2007 and last year. Novak Djokovic has reached his fifth straight Grand Slam championship semi-final and should he advance to The Championships final on Sunday he will become the new No. 1 in the South African Airways 2011 ATP Rankings.
"I need to work a little bit on my game," said Djokovic. "I hope I can perform a little bit better than I did today. That's what matters for me the most, regardless who is across the net. Tsonga came back from 0-2 [sets down]. It's amazing comeback. He's been playing great in grass-court season so far. He's very dangerous."
Head to Head: Tsonga leads Djokovic 5-2
2010 Australian Open Australia Hard Q Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried 7-6(8), 6-7(5), 1-6, 6-3, 6-1
2009 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami FL, U.S.A. Hard Q Djokovic, Novak 6-3, 6-4
2009 Marseille France Hard S Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried 6-4, 7-6(1)
2008 Tennis Masters Cup China Hard RR Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried 1-6, 7-5, 6-1
2008 ATP Masters Series Paris France Hard R16 Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
2008 Bangkok Thailand Hard F Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried 7-6(4), 6-4
2008 Australian Open Australia Hard F Djokovic, Novak 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(2)
Novak Djokovic vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
When: Friday July 1, 8:00 AM ET
Pick: Djokovic -250
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