Wawrinka untroubled by Tsonga at Australian Open

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Stan Wawrinka cruised past a lacklustre Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to reach the Australian Open semi-finals.

The Swiss fourth seed had few problems on his way to a 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 6-3 win against Frenchman Tsonga on Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday.

Wawrinka, into his eighth major semi-final, capitalised on a below-par performance from Tsonga.

The 2014 champion in Melbourne only dropped serve once throughout the two hours, 14 minutes, with Roger Federer or Mischa Zverev awaiting in the last four.

A somewhat heated exchange between the players at the end of the first set brought some much-needed life to the quarter-final.

Both seemed in cruise control throughout the opening set before Tsonga played a poor tie-break to fall behind.

It was unclear exactly what the exchange at the sit-down was about, but it seemed to briefly fire Tsonga up.

The French 12th seed broke serve for 4-3 in the second set, only to be broken to love in the next game.

Three-time major winner Wawrinka closed out the set with another break and went 3-0 up in the third on his way to a surprisingly comfortable win.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN

Wawrinka [4] bt Tsonga [12] 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 6-3

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Wawrinka - 41/28
Tsonga - 27/39

ACES
Wawrinka - 4
Tsonga - 7

BREAK POINTS WON
Wawrinka - 3/3
Tsonga - 1/6

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Wawrinka - 54
Tsonga - 53

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Wawrinka - 71/65
Tsonga - 74/43

TOTAL POINTS
Wawrinka - 108
Tsonga - 85