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Djokovic advances to semis after another shortened match

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Sep 6, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia gestures after his match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France on day nine of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 6, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia gestures after his match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France on day nine of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Top seed Novak Djokovic advanced to the semi-finals of the U.S. Open when ninth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga retired at the start of the third set of their quarter-final on Tuesday, trailing 6-3 6-2.

Tsonga took a medical timeout during the changeover at 5-2 of the second set and had the area below his left knee taped.

World number one Djokovic held serve at love to close out the set for a 6-3 6-2 lead but the Frenchman walked off to give the Serbian passage into the U.S. Open last four for the 10th consecutive time.

It has been a strange slam for Djokovic, who has played only two full matches in the tournament, gifted by a walkover in the second round and a retirement after six games in the third round before his abbreviated match with Tsonga.

Djokovic advanced to a semi-final against France's 10th seed Gael Monfils, who beat compatriot Lucas Pouille in straight sets. Monfils has yet to beat Djokovic in 12 career meetings.

(Editing by Steve Keating)


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