Roger Federer will not be able to hoist a seventh Wimbledon trophy up in the air this year, as Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat the third seed today 3-6, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. What an impressive win by Tsonga!
Before today, Federer’s record was an astounding 178-0 after winning the first two sets in a Grand Slam singles match. Tsonga would regroup after today’s first two sets and in a stunning turn of events, reigned victorious. With his win, Tsonga becomes the first man to come back after being down two sets in a Grand Slam. What an exciting day for him! He said after the match:
“It was just amazing today. I played unbelievable. Everything was in. To come back from two sets down was just amazing. I am so happy. It’s crazy. He’s the biggest champion in my sport, he has achieved a lot of things. He is just the best player in the world, I’m so happy to win against him, especially on grass.”
The 26-year-old Tsonga (seeded 12th going into Wimby) will meet Novak Djokovic in the semifinals on Friday. Djokovic beat Australian teenager Bernard Tomic, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. I was surprised that Djokovic had a tough time with this match, but thank goodness he pulled through. He’s one of my favorites! I’m betting his pet poodle Pierre is barking his congrats to his Master as we speak.
While Federer hasn’t had a Grand Slam win in the last six tries, all is not lost. He still believes he has what it takes.
“I think my game was plenty good enough this year to win the tournament, but unfortunately there’s only one who can win it, and the rest go home empty-handed. That’s what happened to me today, but Jo played an amazing match.”
Why yes he did. How will Tsonga fare against Djokovic Friday? After the Frenchman’s win today, it will be a mighty good match to watch!