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Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 06/29/2011

Wimbledon 2011 live blog: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga stuns Roger Federer; Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray advance to semifinals


The official Jo-Wilfried Tsonga victory dance. (TOBY MELVILLE / REUTERS)

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This is a live blog of the Wimbledon men’s quarterfinals. Hit refresh for updates throughout the day.

2:13 p.m.: Rafael Nadal is through to the semifinals, beating Mardy Fish, 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. Nadal celebrated, spent an extended period of time shirtless as he packed his gear and left to prepare to play Andy Murray.

2:07 p.m.: Mardy Fish holds on, which means that Rafael Nadal is serving for the match at 5-4 in the fourth set.

2:03 p.m.: Rafael Nadal holds serve and is one game away from a Wimbledon semifinal berth.

1:59 p.m.: After Mardy Fish holds serve at 4-3 in the fourth set, Rafael Nadal finds the corner between the sideline and the baseline with a winner as he wins his first three points on serve.

1:47 p.m.: Andy Murray serves out the match with two aces, winning 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.

He’ll play the winner of the Rafael Nadal-Mardy Fish match. Nadal leads 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 3-2.

1:44 p.m.: Andy Murray fights off two break points to take a 5-3 lead in the third set against Feliciano Lopez.

1:38 p.m.: Over in the Andy Murray-Feliciano Lopez match, Lopez is bidding to break Murray’s serve. With Murray up 4-3 in the third, this would be a good spot.

1:24 p.m.: After dropping the first two sets, Mardy Fish takes the third from Rafael Nadal, 7-5. Can he travel the same route taken by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and pull the upset? Loooooong way to go.

1:19 p.m.: After Rafal Nadal takes Mardy Fish back to earth and 5-5 in the third set, Fish battles back to 6-5.

1:15 p.m.: Mardy Fish, after having Rafael Nadal all over him “like a rash” (as the announcer put it) in the first two sets, is up 5-4 in the third. Still, Nadal has won two sets.

Andy Murray is breaking his mother’s heart, leading Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4. It’s 1-1 in the third set.

1:02 p.m.: NBC does the switcheroo, going back to soap operas. Hate when that happens.

12:38 p.m.: Rafael Nadal takes a 6-3, 6-3 lead over Mardy Fish, the sole American remaining at Wimbledon. At the rate the second set of quarterfinals is going, NBC is going to be showing Pippa Middleton a lot.

12:21 p.m.: So much for Rafael Nadal’s sore foot. He’s crushing Mardy Fish 6-3, 5-3.

The last quarterfinal of the day is filled with far more intrigue, thanks to the mother of Andy Murray of Great Britain. She has referred to his opponent, Feliciano Lopez, as Deliciano. Yes. And ... ew. (She has drawn a Mummy Weirdest headline by tweeting: “ooooooooh Deliciano……..looking good out there. As always. Its a FeliFest at Wimbledon tmrw. Twice in one day. Too much. Way too much.”)

Murray crushed Lopez and his mother by taking the first set, 6-3 .

11:24 a.m.: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has stunned Roger Federer, doing the unimaginable by rallying from a two-set deficit to win their Wimbledon quarterfinal, 3-6, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

The result against Federer, the six-time Wimbledon champion, was shocking and even Tsonga, who will play Novak Djokovic in a semifinal, admitted, “That’s crazy.”

Tsonga, who should probably patent the victory dance he broke into afterward, used variants of “unbelievable,” which is as apt a word as any to sum up his accomplishment.

“I played unbelievable. I served unbelievable,” he said in a BBC interview. “Now I’m here, in a semifinal and I can’t believe it.”

Particularly with the victory coming against Federer. “It’s the biggest champion in my sport,” Tsonga said. “He achieved a lot of things and he’s the best player in the world. I’m just so happy to win against him especially on grass.”

11:23 a.m.: Triple. Match. Point. Tsonga.

11:18 a.m.: Roger Federer goes up 40-love, but Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wins two points before Federer holds. Tsonga serves for the match with a 5-4 lead.

11:16 a.m.: It’s all on Roger Federer now. He’s serving to stay in the match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who has a 5-3 lead in the fifth set.

Know who foresaw the possibility of a Tsonga victory? This guy.

11:08 a.m.: Roger Federer holds serve, but Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is serving with a 3-2 lead. Patrick McEnroe points out that Federer is staying in the exact same spot on every serve, stubbornly refusing to give Tsonga a different look.

Tsonga goes up 4-2; Federer, who seems to be in a state of disbelief, holds serve. It’s 4-3 in the fifth.

11:03 a.m.: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga serves to go up 3-1 in the fifth set against Roger Federer. The crowd is buzzing over this one. Tsonga hasn’t lost his serve since the second game — of the match. Can Tsonga hold serve three more times and advance to the semis?

10:55 a.m.: As Roger Federer fights for survival, Novak Djokovic advances to the semifinals with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory over Bernard Tomic.

10:51 a.m.: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga opens the fifth set by breaking Roger Federer’s serve. Federer is playing very defensively and isn’t hitting crisp shots on the move as Tsonga’s serves pin him down. Can he blow a two-set lead and lose this?

10:44 a.m.: Holy smoke...that’s what Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was serving as he takes the fourth set with four aces.

Over in the Novak Djokovic-Bernard Tomic match, it’s 5-5 in the fourth set, with Djokovic having won two sets.

10:42 a.m.: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is serving with a 5-4 lead to take this match to a fifth set.

10:33 a.m.: Some might have wondered whether Jo-Wilfried Tsonga could win a set against Roger Federer. Well, he’s up 4-3 on Federer, who has Pete Sampras’ 14 majors in his sights, in the fourth. Tsonga, suddenly and ever more loudly, has more winners than Federer: 50-48.

10:29 a.m.: Roger Federer holds serve as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga continues to apply pressure and leads 3-2 in the fourth set.

10:24 a.m.: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who was born in Le Mans, France, is gaining some momentum, going up 3-1. Ruh-roh, Rog.

10:19 a.m.: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga capitalizes on the first of his two break chances in the fourth set and takes a 2-1 lead. So far, Roger Federer has had one break chance, Tsonga seven. Gack.

Over in the Novak Djokovic-Bernard Tomic match, Tomic is up 3-2 in the fourth set. Djokovic leads 2 sets to 1.

10:05 a.m.: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga takes the third set from Roger Federer, who should blame this on Dick Enberg (see 9:57 note), 6-4. And with that, it’s a potty break for both players.

9:57 a.m.: Usually when a TV commentator mentions a huge, mind-boggling stat, something cataclysmic happens to the state-holder. Roger Federer is 177-0 when winning the first two sets and darned if Jo-Wilfried Tsonga isn’t serving with a 5-4 lead in the third set.

Novak Djokovic has won the third set and leads Bernard Tomic 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

9:35 a.m.: Novak Djokovic is playing very flat-footed and struggling with his timing against Bernard Tomic, who’s making him run around the court. Djokovic may be reunited with his little dog Pierre sooner than he’d like.

9:27 a.m.: Roger Federer, with one serve, wraps up the second-set tiebreaker — winning the first two sets of the match.

Far more compelling is the match between Novak Djokovic and Bernard Tomic. That match is tied with each winning a set 6-3.
Roger Federer. And the ball. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP)

9:17 a.m.: Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are in a tiebreaker in the second set, with Federer serving. He takes a 6-1 lead with an ace. “I can’t think of a tiebreak that has been less stressful for Federer,” Patrick McEnroe says. “Talk about cruising.”

Which of course, prompts Tsonga to win two points on his serve.

9:12 a.m.: Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are in a much tighter second set, deadlocked at 4-4.

8:30 a.m.: The Wimbledon men’s quarterfinals are underway with Roger Federer, the No. 3 seed, playing Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 12th seed from France, before a crowd — if it’s permissible to refer to the genteel tennis fans as a “crowd” — that includes Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, mega-Federer fan Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue and ... Pippa!

(That’s Pippa Middleton, younger sister of Prince William’s wife, Kate.)


Pippa is present, with Alex Loudon. (Julian Finney / GETTY IMAGES)
Federer crushed Tsonga, 6-3, in 27 minutes in the first set and, although these things are no guarantees, he’s 55-0 when winning the first set. Tsonga leads the second set, 3-2.

Novak Djokovic, the No. 2 seed, is playing Bernard Tomic of Australia and, after winning the first set, Djokovic trails 1-4 in the second.

Rafael Nadal, the No. 1 seed who’s battling a foot injury, plays Mardy Fish, the last remaining American in the singles draw, and Andy Murray, the fourth seed, plays Feliciano Lopez. Murray’s mother calls his opponent “Deliciano.” More on that later.

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