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Australian Open: Wawrinka eases past Tsonga to advance to semi-finals

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Swiss tennis player Stan Wawrinka defeated Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(2), 6-4, 6-3 in all ill-tempered Men's Singles quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Tuesday.

In what was the first meeting between the two players at any Grand Slam outside the French Open, Tsonga was hoping to end a run of three consecutive defeats he had suffered against the Swiss since they played in Madrid in 2013.

Tsonga, the 12th seed and a finalist in Melbourne in 2008, suffered a straight sets defeat in a tense encounter that lasted two hours and 15 minutes.

The opening set went on serve and predictably made its way into a tiebreak, one which Wawrinka ran away with 7-2.

Thereafter followed a heated exchange at the change of ends with Wawrinka accusing Tsonga of staring at him, and the duo having plenty to say to each other in French. Wawrinka started the debate and ended it by asking Tsonga to relax and enjoy the outing.

Tsonga threatened briefly to do that when he broke the Wawrinka serve in the second set to draw first blood, but it was the Swiss who had the last laugh, breaking right back and then again a second time to take a two sets to love lead.

There was no stopping the no.4 seed as he cruised into the semi-finals.

"It's not easy to play against him," Wawrinka said after the match. "He's a strong player. I think conditions were quite fast today (and) it was a bit windy. So not easy to control. I started to move a bit better, to be a bit more aggressive from the first shot, and I think that made the difference."

Wawrinka will next face compatriot Roger Federer, who routed Mischa Zverev 6-1, 7-5, 6-2 in a later match.