Tennis great Roger Federer, four-time Australian Open winner and 17-time Grand Slam champion, was on the brink of being eliminated from his quarterfinal match before rallying back to win it.
Federer was playing a heated match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Australian Open quarterfinal on Wednesday that ended up lasting 3 hours, 34 minutes. Federer won the match with a 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3 score, coming very close to joining Serena Williams on the sidelines. Federer broke through Tsonga’s defense in the fourth game of the deciding set, and converted his fifth match point while serving after Tsonga saved four match points in the previous game.
Federer now advances to the semifinals for the 10th year in a row at Melbourne Park, and is set to play U.S. Open champion Andy Murray on Friday. “I thought he played very aggressive,” Federer said of Tsonga. “I love those four-set or five-set thrillers and I was part of one tonight.”
Murray advanced in an earlier match on Wednesday with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Jeremy Chardy. The other men’s semifinal has defending champion Novak Djokovic playing David Ferrer on Thursday.