Franceâ€™s Jo-Wilfred Tsonga pulled off Â what was thought to be the nearly impossible â€“ rallying from two sets down to send six-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer packing on Wednesday 3-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the semifinals. â€œI was two sets down and I break. I did a good game of return and after that it was just amazing,â€ said Tsonga, â€œI just played unbelievable, served unbelievable and now Iâ€™m here, Iâ€™m in semifinal and I canâ€™t believe it.â€
â€œItâ€™s kind of hard going out of the tournament that way, but unfortunately it does happen sometimes,â€ said Federer. â€œAt least it took him sort of a special performance to beat me, which is somewhat nice.â€ Itâ€™s the first time that Federer lost a match leading by two sets to none in a major. Federer also lost a match in Davis Cup against Lleyton Hewitt in 2003 and to David Nalbandian in 2005 in the finals of the year-end Masters Cup in Shanghai.
â€œHe can come up with some good stuff and some poor things at times,â€ Federer said. â€œHe had basically good return games along the way in the third, fourth, and fifth. I think especially the third set, the break I get is very unusual. He chips back a couple, they stay in.â€
Tsonga will face second-seeded Novak Djokovic, who stopped 18-year-old Australian qualifier Bernard Tomic 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. Rafael Nadal , who appears to be over his foot injury also advanced, beating Mardy Fish 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. â€œToday it was better. The treatment worked and Iâ€™m fine. Iâ€™m here,â€ said Nadal. The defending champion will face Andy Murray next, who defeated Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
â€œItâ€™s the biggest champion in my sport,â€ said Tsonga said. â€œHe achieved a lot of things and heâ€™s just the best player in the world and Iâ€™m just so happy to win against him, especially on grass because itâ€™s maybe one of his favorite surface and Iâ€™m just so happy today.â€