No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) def. No. 3 Roger Federer (Switzerland), 3-6 6-7 6-4 6-4 6-4. Facing triple match point, Federer looked tired, but still wasn't sweating. Time for the English tabloid press to get their faces out of their Pimm's cups and fire up those indignant fingers: "Roger Federer's selfish desire to have a family is ruining his game." It never ceases to astonish how even a well-fought loss in the finals of a Grand Slam event gets counted as a failure for the Maestro, but that's the price of being a six-time champion who's got the temerity to no longer be a sure thing every time he sets foot on a grass court.
This is not to take anything away from the always-delightful Jo-Willie Tsonga, who continues to maneuver around the baseline and up to the net with astonishing speed for a guy his size. (What I wouldn't give to see him in a major finals match with Juan Martin Del Potro, in a sort of big-friendly-giant-off.) He conquered not just his quarterfinals match, but history: No player has ever come back from a first-set deficit against Federer at Wimbledon, or from a two-set deficit anywhere, in his entire pro career.
Next up for the large Frenchman: Some Serbian guy named "Novak Djokovic" awaits in the 2011 Championships semis.
Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more match results from Day 9 of Wimbledon 2011.