Roger Federer is out of Wimbledon after losing the semifinals for the second straight year. He lost the match on Wednesday after losing a two-set lead for the first time in a Grand Slam. The victory went to Frenchman Jo Wilfried Tsonga with a final score of 3-6, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
Everything looks smooth for Federer as he won the first two sets against Tsonga, who came in as a 12th seed. However, he was broken one time in each of the last three sets. This was Federer’s 29th straight major quarterfinal.
“It’s kind of hard going out of the tournament that way, but unfortunately it does happen sometimes,” said Federer.
“At least it took him sort of a special performance to beat me, which is somewhat nice.”
Despite the loss, Federer took comfort in the fact that Tsonga had perform extra hard to beat him. Federer only committed 11 unforced errors, while the opponent committed twice as much. His only problem was that he did not get close to breaking Tsonga’s serve when he needed the crucial points.
He earned his only break point in the first set before winning the next set in the tiebreaker. Tsonga got his first break in the third set, followed by breaks in the next two sets.
“He can come up with some good stuff and some poor things at times,” Federer said of Tsonga’s game. “He 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.”