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11

Is Djokovic up to the task of becoming #1?

Photo Titled Tsonga feels the heat

Tsonga, the only first-time Wimbledon semi-finalist in the last four, actually holds a 5-2 winning record over Djokovic, which is just as well given the second seed’s form in 2011. All seven previous encounters have been on hard courts, and they last met at the Australian Open last year, with Tsonga winning in five.

“He’s more consistent than me from the baseline, although he maybe hits the ball slower than I do,” judges Tsonga on his semi-final opponent. “But he takes the ball really early. My serve [is important] because I am serving really well. I have played against him many times. He beat me all the time in big moments, and I want to change that.”

Should Tsonga triumph in the big moments on Friday, he will become the first Frenchman to reach the final since Cedric Pioline in 1997. The last of his countrymen to lift the gentlemen’s trophy was Yvon Petra in 1946. He is also bidding to be the first player since Andre Agassi in 1992 to win his first grass court title at Wimbledon. Some may think it an unlikely achievement, especially since he has not won a tournament of any sort in almost two years, but Tsonga seems to like the sound of it. Ask him whether he can really be Wimbledon champion on Sunday night, and he grins that trademark smile.

“Why not?” he replies.

 

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