Argentinian star Juan Martin del Potro is the only man that has defeated both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the same grand slam event. Not only does Jo-Wilfried Tsonga have a chance to match that effort in the next couple of days, but he could even up the ante.
After defeating Federer yesterday in the quarterfinals at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, Tsonga now plays World No. 2 Novak Djokovic in the semis. If he wins that match, he is likely to draw Nadal in the finals.
Assuming Andy Murray doesn't pull off an upset over Nadal tomorrow, if Tsonga wins Wimbledon this year he will have defeated the top three players in the world.
Not only are Nadal, Djokovic and Federer still on top of men's tennis, they have combined to win 28 of the last 31 grand slams played.
Djokovic has clearly entered the likes of the top players in the game with his play so far in 2011, losing just one match. That alone would make a win by Tsonga at this tournament a little bit more impressive than del Potro's run at the 2009 U.S. Open.
The other key thing that Tsonga would do is knock out the winners of the last seven Wimbledon's played (5 by Federer and 2 by Nadal).
When del Potro defeated Nadal in New York, he had not yet won that tournament, but del Potro did stop Federer from winning his sixth consecutive U.S. Open title in the championship match.
Although Tsonga coming through to win this tournament is still unlikely at this point due to the grand slam pedigree of Nadal and Djokovic, he has had big wins over each player in his career.
The Frenchman's overall record against Djokovic is actually 5-2, including a win over the Serb in the Australian Open quarters last year. The Serb also hasn't exactly been in best form throughout the fortnight at Wimbledon either, while Tsonga is on fire.
Nadal owns a 5-2 career record against Tsonga, but Tsonga beat him at the warm up tournament at Queens Club just a couple of weeks ago. Tsonga also blasted the World No. 1 off the court at the Australian Open in 2008 to reach his first grand slam final.
The fact of the matter is that when Tsonga is firing on all cylinders, he has the ability to beat anyone. Inconsistency has mired him throughout his young career, but has played the best tennis of his life in this grass court season.
The surprising collapse by Federer against Tsonga shows that anything can still happen in men's tennis. 2008 and 2010 Wimbledon champion Nadal will still be the favorite heading into tomorrow's semifinals, but all four men have what it takes to hoist the trophy on Sunday.