2011 Wimbledon: Day 9 action
No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France lost in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2010 but advanced past that round this time around by upsetting No. 3 Roger Federer of Switzerland, 3-6, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
Six-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer of Switzerland, the No. 3 seed, took the first two sets of his Day 9 quarterfinal match against No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France but lost the next three and the match. Federer hit 57 winners to 11 unforced errors in the 188-minute match, while Tsonga had 63 winners and 22 unforced errors.
No. 1 Rafael Nadal of Spain moved one step closer to defending his Wimbledon title, beating No. 10 Mardy Fish of the United States by a 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 score in the quarterfinals at the All England Club.
A quarterfinalist for the third time in a Grand Slam tournament -- but for the first time at Wimbledon -- American Mardy Fish, the No. 10 seed, couldn't advance past that round, hitting 10 fewer winners than No. 1 Rafael Nadal of Spain (33 to 43) and 14 more unforced errors (27 to 13) in a four-set defeat.
Having a ball
Hitting 40 winners to just 11 unforced errors, No. 4 Andy Murray of Great Britain continued his Wimbledon run into the semifinals with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 quarterfinal victory over Spain's Feliciano Lopez.
Swing and miss
Feliciano Lopez matched his career-best Grand Slam performance by making it to the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the third time but couldn't move deeper into the tournament than that, failing to convert on either of his two break point chances in a straight-set defeat at the hands of No. 4 Andy Murray in Day 9 action.
A semifinalist at last year's Wimbledon, No. 2 Novak Djokovic of Serbia reached his fifth straight Grand Slam semifinal with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory over Australia's Bernard Tomic on June 29, 2011.
A qualifier at this year's Wimbledon Championships, 18-year-old Australian Bernard Tomic has made it all the way to the quarterfinals before bowing out against No. 2 Novak Djokovic of Serbia. In the loss, Tomic hit four more winners than Djokovic (43 to 39) but also 14 more unforced errors (41 to 27).
Making the fans happy
The spectators who crowded on Murray Mound had reason to celebrate after watching No. 4 Andy Murray of Great Britain move into the Wimbledon semifinals with a straight-set victory over Spain's Feliciano Lopez.
Just as they did previously for Tim Henman, British tennis fans (including these girls dressed up in masks) vocally and enthusiastically show their support for Andy Murray.
Showing their support
Australian fans turned out in force -- and in colorful outfits -- to cheer on teen Bernard Tomic in his Day 9 quarterfinal match against Novak Djokovic.
Reason to smile
Samantha Stosur of Australia (left) and Sabine Lisicki of Germany picked up a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Romania's Sorana Cirstea and Japan's Ayumi Morita to advance to the fourth round of the women's doubles draw on June 29, 2011.
Leaving the practice court hours before his quarterfinal match, Rafael Nadal (center) was surrounded by fans and security guards.