Jo-Wilfried Tsonga overpowered Roger Federer in a five set thriller on Centre Court to make the semi finals for the first time ever. Meanwhile, qualifier Bernard Tomic gave Novak Djokovic a fright in the Wimbledon quarter finals but the big Serbian did enough to win through in four sets on Court 1.
Fearless Frenchman It’s mid-afternoon in the English sunshine and you’re two sets down to the greatest grass court player of all time, what do you do? If you’re Jo-Wilfried Tsonga you sign up to Team Bring It and proceed to spend the next three sets whupping Roger Federer up and down Centre Court.
The #12 seed produced one of the most improbable fight-backs in Wimbledon history. Federer, a six times champion, had never lost a match here after winning the first set. The gaudy 55-0 record didn’t intimidate Tsonga. After losing a second set tie-break Tsonga looked far from a beaten man. This despite Federer holding a 178-0 record in grand slam matches where he took a two sets to love lead.The Frenchman had developed a sense of belief and more importantly an understanding that he could match the Swiss master on this grand stage.
His tactic was simple, strike hard, fast, and repeatedly. In each of the final three sets the Frenchman put Federer under pressure early and in each of them he prevailed 6-4. It was a master class in grass court play from Tsonga, who had no real pedigree on the surface prior to his run to the final at Queen’s. Tsonga is now just one win away from only his second career grand slam final. If he can repeat today’s performance, it will be tough for Tennis betting fans to count against him doing just that.
No panic here Novak Djokovic oozes confidence in a way like few other athletes. The Serbian is playing with such self-belief right now that it almost infects everyone around him. Usually that doesn’t include his opponents but Bernard Tomic was a special case. The Australian qualifier was Djokovic’s practice partner earlier in the tournament and clearly took inspiration from the Australian Open champion. After qualifying for Wimbledon, Tomic blasted through the first four rounds to set up an unlikely quarter-final with Djokovic.
The dream appeared dead as the Serbian made light work of the first set but then Tomic took control. The Australian teenager took the second set and then broke Djokovic early in the third to take a 3-1 lead. Djokovic roared back however to take the set 6-3 but Tomic would not go down quietly. He stood toe to toe with the #2 seed in fourth set before finally succumbing 7-5.