Djokovic Sets Up Semi-final Clash With Monfils

Djokovic sets up semi-final clash with Monfils

NEW YORK, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -7th Sept,2016) : Defending champion Novak Djokovic booked a 10th straight US Open semi-final appearance when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga retired trailing 6-3, 6-2 in their marquee quarter-final on Tuesday.

It was the third time in five matches that an opponent's injury has worked to Djokovic's advantage, after his walkover into the third round where Mikhail Youzhny retired after just six games. Ninth-seeded Tsonga gave him more of a workout, but even before an apparent left knee injury began to trouble the Frenchman in the second set Djokovic had the match well in hand.

The Serbian world number one will face another Frenchman, Gael Monfils, for a place in Sunday's championship match after the 10th seed pummelled compatriot Lucas Pouille 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.

It was the first time in 89 years that three French men had reached the quarter-finals of the US championships.

Tsonga was the highest seed among them, but his challenge ended with a whimper. Down two breaks at 2-5 in the second, he called for the trainer, wincing as his knee was manipulated. A merciless Djokovic then served out the set at love, firing a 118 mph (189.9 Km/h) ace -- his first of the contest -- on set point.

After Tsonga opened the third set with a double fault he called a halt. "I really wish Jo a quick recovery," Djokovic said. "He's a fighter, he's somebody that loves the big stage." APP/AFP/anm