Sweet victory for Sweden's Johansson

Sweden's Thomas Johansson upset David Nalbandian of Argentina to reach the semi-final of Wimbledon.

Sweden's Thomas Johansson upset David Nalbandian of Argentina to reach the semi-final of Wimbledon.

Johansson won in straight sets, 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 6-2. Number 12 seed Johansson won an epic, hour-long opening set of his rain-hit quarter-final.

Johansson raced into a 3-0 lead at the start of the second set inside 10 minutes as SW19 basked in sunshine after a rain delay.

He was on course to become the first Swede into the last four at the All England Club since Stefan Edberg in 1993 when he moved 5-2 ahead, once again producing a strong combination of both backhand and forehand winners from the baseline.

Johansson forced another break in the next game, with the Argentinian netting a forehand as the number 12 seed took the second set 6-2.

In the final set the crucial break for Johansson came in game four. After recovering from 40-15 down the Swede forced the issue when he again tempted Nalbandian to the net and passed him with another superbly executed cross-court forehand.

The frustration was clearly getting to the 23-year-old, who again threw his racket to the turf.

The set then went with serve until game eight when Johansson continued to pressurise his younger opponent into unforced errors to hand him two match points.

He needed just one of those as Nalbandian sent his forehand into the net, enabling Johansson to become the first Swedish semi-finalist since Stefan Edberg in 1993.

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