Wimbledon Flashback: Roger Federer squanders huge lead over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Roger Federer squandered a huge lead against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Roger Federer lost to Tomas Berdych in the 2010 Wimbledon quarterfinals, failing to reach the last four for the first time since 2002. Roger could not fight for the Wimbledon trophy after another quarter-final defeat in 2011, losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. after squandering a huge advantage.

Jo-Wilfried rallied from two sets to love to win 3-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to become the first player to overcome this deficit against Federer at the Majors! The Frenchman prevailed in three hours and eight minutes to move into his first Wimbledon semi-final, going one step further than he did in 2010.

It might have been the first year with the top four seeds in the semi-finals since 1995. Yet Tsonga made sure to change that, taking ten points less than Federer but facing only one break in the entire match. The Frenchman then served well and once in sets three, four and five stole serve from the Swiss for a place in the last four.

Interestingly, Roger caught this break in the second game of the encounter and was unable to repeat it for another three hours and four minutes, showing how well Tsonga served for the rest of the encounter. A comeback winner gave Jo-Wilfried a break point in the fifth game.

Roger denied it with a solid serve before playing against another break point after Jo-Wilfried’s winning volley. The Swiss obliterated it with a well-constructed point, knocking down two service winners to bring it home for a 4-1 advantage.

Serving at 5-3, Federer secured three service wins in just 27 minutes and hoped to repeat that for the rest of the match. Both players served well in set number two, offering no break chances before the tie break.

Roger won it 7-3 with a forehand down the line to extend the lead after just 74 minutes and move closer to the finish line. With no room for error, the Frenchman secured a break in the third game of the third set with a powerful forehand down the line that barely caught the court.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came from two sets down against Roger Federer at Wimbledon 2011.

Tsonga held for 15 in the next to confirm the advantage and produced another great game to move 4-1 ahead. Serving for the set at 5-4, the Frenchman found himself 30-0.

He had to watch out for three deuces, keep his concentration high and close out the set with a service winner to reduce the overall deficit and stay in contention. Jo-Wilfried fired a forehand winner in the third game of the fourth set for another lead.

He cemented it with a love hold in the next to seal the set with four service winners at 5-4 to decide after two and a half hours. The momentum was on his side of the court for over an hour as he barely lost a service point in set number four and landed 13 winners and two unforced errors to put Roger behind.

Sensing the pressure, the Swiss suffered a break in the first game of the fifth set when the Frenchman forced a forehand error in what proved to be the key moment of the encounter. Tsonga hit one good serve and forehand after another and another great hold in the game to seal ten.

He fell to the ground in disbelief and from defeat celebrated one of the most impressive victories of his entire career over the six-time Wimbledon champion.

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