December 7, 2013
Tsonga beats Nadal at Queen's, Roddick roars on
Rafa Nadal's batteries finally ran flat as the weary world number one bowed out to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals of the Queen's Club grass-court championships.
The Spanish world number one, preparing to defend his Wimbledon title this month, went down 6-7 6-4 6-1 when the exertions of winning a record-equalling sixth French Open crown on Sunday caught up with him.
In the other half of the draw on a rain-hit day in west London, US Andy Roddick mowed down another Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-2 6-2 to set up a tasty semi-final against home favourite and second seed Andy Murray.
Murray, still shaking off the effects of an ankle injury, was given an unexpected day off as his quarter-final opponent Marin Cilic withdrew with an ankle injury of his own shortly before they were due on court.
Tsonga will face British wildcard James Ward who continued a memorable week with two wins in one day.
First the 24-year-old won a final set shootout against defending champion Sam Querrey for a 3-6 6-3 6-4 victory after the match had been halted the previous night by bad light.