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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is through to his fourth Wimbledon quarter-final but he could find little to celebrate.

He was just 23 minutes into his contest with his old rival Richard Gasquet when he looked up and saw that it was all over – Gasquet’s back had gone into spasm and he could not go on.
On paper it had looked like a mouth-watering match-up: Gasquet, who had been playing some of the best tennis of his life this year (he reached his first Roland Garros quarter-final last month), and Tsonga, the powerful, aggressive, grass court enthusiast. Gasquet’s backhand vs Tsonga’s volleys. It looked like a cracker.
But after a handful of games, Gasquet pulled up as he tried to run across the back of the court and looked to be in serious distress. He kept at it for a few minutes more, dropping his serve to go 4-2 down and then two points into the seventh game, he called it a day.
Tsonga looked confused for a moment and then he looked concerned. He went to shake hands, followed his pal to his chair and chatted for a couple of minutes. He knew only too well what Gasquet was going through - at the French Open, he was leading Ernests Gulbis 5-2 when he pulled a muscle in his leg and had to stop.
He left Roland Garros in tears that night so he knew the disappointment Gasquet must have been feeling.


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