Federer Beaten By Tsonga In 5 Set Thriller
7:06pm 29th June 2011
(Updated 2:04pm 30th June 2011)
Roger Federer has crashed out in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon after losing a five set thriller to Jo Wilfried Tsonga.
The number 12 seed became the first man to beat the Suiss from two sets behind at a grand slam.
The 26-year-old Frenchman produced some of the best tennis of his career to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals with a 3-6 6-7 (3/7) 6-4 6-4 6-4 success on Centre Court.
Seeking a seventh Wimbledon title, and looking to make up for his exit at this same stage to Tomas Berdych last year, Federer broke Tsonga's serve early and the opening two sets went his way.
But Tsonga looked increasingly comfortable and staged a magnificent comeback to earn a place in the semi-final against number two seed Novak Djokovic.
"It was amazing today. I played unbelievable," Tsonga said - "To come from two sets down - that's crazy.
"I'm just so happy to win against him especially on grass because it's maybe his favourite surface.
Djokovic doesn't believe his route to the final has been made easier by Federer's exit.
The Serbian beat Bernard Tomic 6-2 3-6 6-3 7-5 in his quarter final.
"I really need to work in my game. I hope I can perform a little bit better
than I did today," he said.
"That's what matters for me the most, regardless of who is across the net."