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Melzer tops Tsonga 6-4, 8-6

01-15-2011 08:26 BJT

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Melbourne is the home of the Australian Open, and some of the top players on the men's side are warming up there already.

Austrian Jurgen Melzer qualified for the semi-finals of the rain-delayed Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament. He faced Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a rare first-to-eight "pro-set" match in Melbourne.

Melzer notched an early break for a 2-0 lead, before the Frenchman stormed back with a fierce forehand down the line.

Tsonga grabbed a break point at 30-40 and fought back to level matters at 4-games all. Then Tsonga scored on a delicate drop-shot in the next game. It let the 2008 Australian Open finalist build a 30-15 advantage before taking the lead for the first time in the match, 5-4.

The first player to make it to eight would be the winner in this one, and that meant there would be no tie break unless the players reached 7-all. Melzer hit a volley winner to break Tsonga's serve at love, and took a 7-6 lead.

Tsonga failed to handle another blistering Melzer serve at match point, and the Austrian won the match 8-6. He will now take on another Frenchman, Gael Monfils, for a spot in Saturday's final.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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