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Tsonga again relied on his big serve and booming forehands, and they worked early in the match. He broke Djokovic in the opening game of the opening set to take the lead, but the turning point came when Tsonga was serving for the first set while leading 5-4.

Djokovic won the first three points, and Tsonga saved all three break chances. But at deuce, Tsonga double-faulted to give Djokovic another chance, and this time he converted when the Frenchman sent a forehand wide.

In the second set, Djokovic controlled play and took advantage of Tsonga’s increasing unforced errors. The Serb broke in the first and fifth games to take a 5-1 lead, and held at love in the final game.

But leading by two sets against Tsonga does not mean the match is over. On Wednesday, six-time Wimbledon champion Federer won the opening two against Tsonga but lost in five, and Djokovic found it just as tough.

While serving for the match at 6-5, Tsonga broke to force another tiebreaker, and then saved a pair of match points.

But Djokovic didn’t let the setback get to him. He held at love in the opening game of the final set, and then broke Tsonga at love to take a 2-0 lead and hanging on the rest of the way.