Roger Federer, bidding to become the first man to win five Australian Open singles titles since tennis turned professional in 1968, reached the quarterfinals yesterday with a straight-sets win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.
Rafael Nadal lost three games in advancing to the third round of tennis’s U.S. Open, where five- time winner Roger Federer and defending champion Serena Williams also won second-round matches in straight sets.
Maria Sharapova lost her second- round match at Wimbledon as men’s sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and women’s No. 2 seed Victoria Azarenka were among a record seven players who dropped out of the grass-court tournament today.
Tennis has never seen a day of defeats and defections like what happened at Wimbledon, when seven-time winner Roger Federer joined former champions Maria Sharapova and Lleyton Hewitt as second-round casualties.