Federer crashes out in five-set thriller

30/06/2011

Wimbledon hospitality guests attending Centre Court yesterday (June 29th) were treated to a superb comeback from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as he rallied from two sets down to beat 16-times grand slam winner Roger Federer.

The quarter final match had been expected to be a routine win for the Swiss former world number one after he took the opening two sets – a position from which he had never previously lost in a major tournament.

But the Frenchman came back to take Federer to a decider and closed out the match in the final set to pull off one of the shocks of the tournament, winning 3-6 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 6-4 6-4.

Afterwards, Tsonga described his play during the match as "perfect" and said his serve in particular was "unbelievable".

Federer was upbeat about the defeat, saying he was "pretty pleased" with his own performance and had been beaten by a player who has produced an "amazing match".

Tsonga will now come up against Novak Djokovic in Friday's semi-final, with the winner set to face either Andy Murray or Rafael Nadal, who play each other in the day's other match.

Posted by Sandie Banwait
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