Roger Federer’s dream of a record-equalling seventh Wimbledon title is over!


Roger Federer’s dream of a record-equalling seventh Wimbledon title is over for another year after he blew a two-set lead as he lost to Jo Wilfried-Tsonga. Tsonga fought back to win 3-6 6-7 6-4 6-4 6-4 on Centre Court to set up a semi-final meeting with Novak Djokovic. It was the first time Federer had lost from two sets up in a grand slam match and the defeat ended his hopes of drawing level with Pete Sampras’ title tally – at least for another 12 months. It had all looked so different after Federer had started superbly, breaking Tsonga’s serve twice in taking the opening set. The second was a tighter affair but a poor breaker from Tsonga, which he lost 7-3, allowed the third seed into a two-set lead. However, against all odds, the Queen’s Club runner-up dug deep and began his unlikely comeback. Serving superbly, the Frenchman did not face a single break point in sets three and four as he levelled the contest. Then another break of the Swiss’ serve arrived in the opening game of the decider. It was a lead not to be relinquished, Tsonga again denying Federer any chance to break as he served out a famous victory.

An out-of-sorts Novak Djokovic survived some scary moments to book his place in the Wimbledon semi-finals, beating teenage Australian Bernard Tomic 6-2 3-6 6-3 7-5 on Court One. The Serbian second seed, with just one defeat to his name in 2011, was lethargic and error-prone against his Australian practice partner, was broken three times and needed a run of seven straight games spanning the third and fourth sets to put him in command.

He will need to play much better if he is to progress into a maiden SW19 final, though, and may have some concerns over an injury he seemed to suffer when falling in the fourth set.




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