Tsonga could miss Wimbledon

2012-06-14 21:21
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (AFP)

London - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga may have to miss Wimbledon after injuring a finger during his 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) third-round loss to Croatia's Ivan Dodig at Queen's Club on Thursday. Wimbledon begins in 11 days.

Last year, the charismatic Frenchman was beaten by Andy Murray in the Queen's final and went on to upset Roger Federer in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

"I think it's serious," Tsonga said. "I just fell down. That's it. I didn't do, you know, an exam for the moment, but it sounds very bad. I felt like I broke something or I stretched, you know, a lot of ligaments, I would say."

Dodig next faces Sam Querrey, who kept on track to reach his second final at the pre-Wimbledon event by upsetting eighth-seeded Frenchman Julien Benneteau 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Querrey, who beat fellow American Mardy Fish in the 2010 final, earned a decisive break to lead 5-3 in the final set and served out the match to love.

"I'm feeling really good," said Querrey, who was still on the comeback trail after undergoing elbow surgery one year ago. "I have been feeling better every week this year, and my serve is feeling great. I've only dropped serve once so far in three matches.

"Return game is feeling good. Yeah, that's the first time I have won three matches in a row in a while. Just feeling really confident."

Nicolas Mahut failed to follow up his Wednesday victory over Murray when he was ousted 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 by Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov.

The Frenchman held a point at 5-4 to claim the opening set, but Dimitrov earned his first break of the match to level at 5-5. Dimitrov went on to sweep the tiebreaker, and a single break to lead 3-2 in the second set was enough to put him into his first quarterfinal of the season.

Ninth-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa fought off a strong challenge from fifth-seeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez to win 7-6 (12/10), 7-6 (9/7).

Anderson led 5-3 in the first set but was broken to love at 5-4. He then held off two set points in the tiebreaker before taking the set on his third set point.

Lopez also held a set point in the second-set tiebreaker before Anderson claimed victory on his second match point.


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