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Federer shows 30 is the new 20

ESPN staff
June 5, 2012
Roger Federer roared back from two sets down to beat Juan Martin Del Potro © PA Photos
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Federer fends off Del Potro
Djokovic downs Tsonga
Stosur sails into semis

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Final French resistance falls
Any hopes of a French champion at Roland Garros came to an end on Tuesday as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga bowed out with defeat to top seed Novak Djokovic. The No. 6 seed threatened to shatter Djokovic's hopes of a "Nole Slam", but was left to rue four squandered match points as the Serb sealed his place in the semi-finals.

Double match point
As Roger Federer served for the match on Court Suzanne Lenglen, the Swiss had match point against Juan Martin Del Potro, while over on Court Philippe Chatrier at the very same moment, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had two match points against Novak Djokovic. Needless to say there was plenty of flicking between channels from tennis fans around the world.

30 is the new 20
Federer's comeback win against Del Potro saw him become the first man in his 30s to reach the last four at Roland Garros since Andres Gomez in 1990. Gomez went on to win the title. It was the seventh time that the Swiss had come back from 0-2 down in his career, but for Del Potro, it was the first grand slam match he had lost after winning the first two sets.

He who hesitates...
Perhaps we should make that she. As Dominika Cibulkova struggled to cope with the sheer power of Sam Stosur, the diminutive Slovakian's shot selection left a lot to be desired. Showing impressive speed and anticipation to chase down a drop shot, Cibulkova appeared to be racked by indecision and neither sent the ball deep nor played a drop shot, laying the ball up short in front of Stosur for the Australian to dispatch.

Italian style trumps German efficiency
Angelique Kerber had beaten Flavia Pennetta en route to the quarter-finals, but she was unable to repeat the performance as she was beaten in straight sets by Sara Errani - the wily Italian using her speed and agility to good effect against the powerful German.

Henin incognito
Justine Henin was a popular champion in Paris, winning four French Open titles, but she did not attract any attention as she wandered around Roland Garros. Sporting a darker hairstyle, the former world No. 1 wandered round largely unnoticed as she stood in front of a large rubbish bin on her mobile phone.

Ultimate rally?
It was everything you could ask for in a rally as Federer and Del Potro traded blows on Suzanne Lenglen. A Del Potro drop shot was followed by a cheeky lob from Federer, while Del Potro responded with a crowd-pleasing hotdog, although it was seen off by the Swiss with a volley at the net.

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