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Tsonga Upsets Federer at Wimbledon; Nadal, Djokovic and Murray Advance to Semis

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After winning the first two sets, Roger Federer gets stunned by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarters.

Tsonga Upsets Federer at Wimbledon; Nadal, Djokovic and Murray Advance to Semis

The 2011 Wimbledon tournament almost went chalk into the semifinals, but twelfth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had different plans.  Tsonga found himself down two sets to three seed Roger Federer.  Club Fed was 178-0 when leading by two sets in major tournaments at this point, but Tsonga put an end to that streak.  He won the final three sets and made one of the more surprising upsets in recent Wimbledon history 3-6, 6-7 (7-4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

Jon Wertheim at SportsIllustrated.com had this to say:

 Federer tends to be pretty even keel in defeat, especially at this point in time.  Last year he lost to Tomas Berdych in a very similar situation, a similar kind of match where he just got outhit at the end and you could tell he wasn't happy.  Today was almost this sort of too-good resignation.

The questions coming out of today's match will inevitably surround his chances of winning another Grand Slam.  He's lost three of his last four Wimbledons now.  And the one he won, Nadal didn't play.  So the questions will become: Is this the end?  Is this a champion in decline?  There's no question, the numbers speak for themselves.  But really the takeaway from today is that Tsonga just played three great sets.  I would not use this match as a jumping off point for the Federer obituary.

I agree with Wertheim here.  The media will completely overlook what Tsonga was able to do in this match and all of the talk will be about Federer going down.  It's something that tends to happen a lot when an upset occurs.  Most of the coverage harps on the favorite and what they did wrong, but Tsonga played a heck of a match, especially coming back from two sets down.  He overpowered Federer with his serve late and broke Federer at opportune times.  It was an incredible victory.

But the question does have to be asked about Federer.  I think this is a changing of the guard, of sorts.  The wave of young talent (Nadal, Djokovic, Murray to name a few) is coming on strong and looks poised to upend Federer's reign on Grand Slam tournaments.  I thought that after his French Open final appearance, Federer had regained the magic.  His slight struggles at Wimbledon and his failure to close out this match is revealing of the contrary.  

The other top seeds advanced to the semifinals.  One seed Rafael Nadal took care of the last American, Mardy Fish, in four sets.  Two seed Novak Djokovic defeated unseeded youngster Bernard Tomic, and British favorite Andy Murray advanced over Feliciano Lopez.  Murray will take on Nadal on the semifinals and Djokovic will take on Tsonga.  The belief was that the title would have to go through the "Big Four", and three members still remain.  It's very likely that this will still be the case. 

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