Wimbledon 2012 Results: Highlights and Top Performers from Latest Action
The four quarterfinal matches were as intriguing as any of the prior matches in the tournament, with Djokovic and Federer cruising to victory while Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga were able to squeeze by in significantly tougher matches.
Here are the three top performers of the afternoon ranked in order from least dominant to most dominant victories.
No. 3: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (No. 5)
Tsonga was challenged by German opponent Philipp Kohlschreiber (No. 27) to the fullest. Make no mistake about it.
In a match that was relatively even through two and a half sets, Tsonga was finally able to hit his stride and dominate the opposition with his athleticism. In a 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 win, Tsonga was nearly unstoppable in the fifth set.
His 17 aces and 43 winners were too much to overcome in this quarterfinal contest. Tsonga asserted his top-notch power game to the fullest, and now takes on Andy Murray in the quarterfinals.
No. 2: Novak Djokovic (No. 1)
Undoubtedly the best player in the World, Djokovic was just short of sensational in this straight-set victory over Florian Mayer (No. 31).
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Djokovic won the match 6-4, 6-1, 6-4, an made a monumental run in the third set to seal the deal. Down 4-3 and facing Mayer's serve, Djokovic would break Mayer on a tremendous point from a defensive stance and go on to win three consecutive games to take the match.
The world's best is at his best on grass and hard court, and it was no different in this quarterfinal beat down.
No. 1: Roger Federer (No. 3)
In spite of how well Mikhail Youzhny (No. 26) has played, Roger Federer took care of business. This match was not only a display of dominance from Federer, it was an outright perfectly played contest.
Federer cruised to victory in this one, winning 6-1, 6-2, 6-2. To Youzhny's credit, he fought hard and made FedEx work for his points from the get-go. Yet it wasn't enough to stop Federer's return game or tremendous shot-making ability, which was the clear difference in this match.
When a player is returning serves and playing as well as they would on serve, it is impressive to say the least. Federer did just that en route to victory, and will look to carry that momentum with him against the Djoker.
A win would put Federer in position to win his seventh Wimbledon title, which would be a record at the championships.
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