Federer crashes out as Brit marches on

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Roger Federer was the major casualty on men’s quarter-final day at Wimbledon as he tumbled to a five-set defeat against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Roger Federer was the major casualty on men’s quarter-final day at Wimbledon as he tumbled to a five-set defeat against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

The match which became a sensational Centre Court contest began with third seed Federer easing through the first set and then taking a one-sided tie-break in the second.

But French 12th seed Tsonga claimed an early break in the third set, and with Federer finding his opponent’s serve impenetrable that led to a 3-6 6-7 (7/3) 6-4 6-4 6-4 triumph.

“I thought I played a good match myself. I’m actually pretty pleased with my performance today,” Federer said.

“It’s hard going out of the tournament that way, but unfortunately it does happen sometimes.

“At least it took a special performance to beat me, which is somewhat nice.

“I think he played an amazing match. He didn’t give me many chances.”

Number two seed Novak Djokovic awaits Tsonga in the semi-finals tomorrow. The Serbian was not at his best against teenage Australian Bernard Tomic but did enough to post a 6-2 3-6 6-3 7-5 win.

Andy Murray reached the semi-finals for a third successive year with a straightforward 6-3 6-4 6-4 victory over unseeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez. Defending champion Rafael Nadal awaits the home hope in the last four after beating Mardy Fish 6-3 6-3 5-7 6-4.

Murray said: “I thought it was good. I think Feliciano was a little bit tired but I served well for most of the match. I’m playing well.”

Maria Sharapova meets unseeded Sabine Lisicki in the semi-finals of the ladies singles while the other clash pits Victoria Azarenka against Petra Kvitova.

Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins narrowly failed to complete a great comeback as they went out of the men’s doubles at the quarter-final stage to Christopher Kas and Alexander Peya. The British pair lost 6-4 6-4 6-7 (2/7) 2-6 6-4.