Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Beats Roger Federer: “It Was Just Amazing, I Am So Happy”
What an afternoon for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The Frenchman pulled off the big win today upsetting six-time champion Roger Federer 36, 67, 64, 64, 64 in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.
“I felt so good on the court,” Tsonga said. “I was quick. I was just perfect today.”
Tsonga’s attendance in the semifinals looked doubtful when Federer moved ahead by two sets. But Tsonga saved his best for last overpowering the Swiss to win the final three sets in routine fashion.
“Even at two sets down,” Tsonga said. “The stadium was full. It was 6-3, 7-6. I was not (playing) ridiculous. I was in my match. I was feeling confident because I didn’t have to save break points.”
Federer has lost for the second straight year in the quarterfinals, and Tsonga becomes the first player to ever beat Federer in a Grand Slam after being down 2-0 in sets (178-0).
“I thought I played a good match myself,” Federer said. “I’m pretty pleased with my performance today. He played an amazing match, didn’t give me many chances. There were some close ones along the way, but he always was able to sneak out on me.”
Tsonga will play Novak Djokovic Friday in the semifinals in a rematch of their 2008 Australian Open final. Tsonga has won five of seven most recently beating the Serb at the Australian Open last year.
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