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Tsonga advances to Australian Open final in stunning fashion

Updated: January 24, 2008, 6:18 PM ET
Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Rafael Nadal found out what Australian Open fans already knew: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is for real.

Tsonga, who won over the crowds with a contagious smile and a go-for-broke style, claimed his biggest victim yet Thursday, dominating second-ranked Nadal in a 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 victory that carried Tsonga to his first Grand Slam final.

Feeding off the crowd's energy, even whipping it to a fever pitch like an orchestra conductor, the 38th-ranked Tsonga thrived under pressure, ...

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