Federer survives Del Potro fight at French Open
It was a big night in tennis. Let’s take a look back at Wednesday’s three high-profile matches in the French Open.
In the first quarter-final, Australia’s Sam Stosur had a convincing victory over the 15th-seeded Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova.
Stosur got the double break in the first set in a marathon game at 2-4 that went to six deuces.
Then Cibulkova managed to get one break back and held serve before Stosur served out the set, although not without a fright.
The second set was far more plain sailing for the big-serving Aussie, who won six games in a row after Cibulkova held serve in the first game to complete the victory.
Federer def Del Potro 3-6, 6-7, 6-2, 6-0, 6-3
In an intriguing five-setter, Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro couldn’t quite do enough to record a monumental upset against a fighting Roger Federer.
Del Potro started well, breaking at 1-1 and 1-3.
Although Federer broke a game later, it was enough for the man known as ‘Delpo’ to take the first set.
The second set was dominated by the servers. Nobody broke serve, forcing it to a tiebreak.
Del Potro was on top for the whole tiebreak and won it 7-4.
Federer raced off to a 3-0 lead in the third set and although Del Potro put up more of a fight towards the end it wasn’t enough to stop Federer taking the set 6-2.
The fourth set was an exhibition of sensational play by Federer.
The former world number one blew the 11th seed away to win 6-0.
The first three games of the fifth set were hard fought, but Del Potro – struggling to match the intensity of his more experienced opponent – was broken at 1-2.
With both players holding their serve for the remainder of the match, Federer came away with a famous victory.
Djokovic def Tsonga 6-1, 5-7, 5-7, 7-6, 6-1
In another five-setter, current world-number-one Novak Djokovic defeated a spirited Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Court Phillipe Chatrier.
Djokovic coasted through the first set, winning it in just 21 minutes.
But Tsonga hit back in phenomenal style in the second and third sets, coming from behind to break Djokovic twice in second.
Tsonga broke in the final game after coming from behind yet again in the third set.
In an incredible fourth set, both players played their hearts out.
Djokovic saved four match points, but both players were unable to break.
Djokovic finaly achieved the mini-break at 6-6 in the tiebreak, to win the breaker 8-6.
A tired, but gallant Tsonga finally ran out of legs in the final set and was broken twice to lose 6-1 in the fifth.
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