August 2009: Stuns Roger Federer from 5-1 down in third set in Montreal
When he trailed world No.1 Federer 5-1 in the final set of their quarter-final at the Montreal Masters, Tsonga had a quiet word with himself.
"I did not feel real good – 5-1 down and Roger playing well and I had no solutions," Tsonga said. "I just told myself, 'You have to hit the ball one more time than him,' and I did it."
He broke Federer twice to get back into the match and even after the Swiss saved three match points to force a final-set tiebreak, Tsonga held firm to clinch victory, much to Federer’s dismay.
"It's obviously disappointing but you know, that's what Jo does – he doesn't make a return for an hour and then he puts in a few and then all of a sudden he's back in the match," Federer said. "I should never have allowed it, but it happened, so it's a pity."
June 2011: Beats Roger Federer at Wimbledon
Having beaten Federer before, Tsonga was not overwhelmed when he stepped out to face him again two years later in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.
But when he trailed the five-time champion two sets to love, few gave him hope, not least since Federer had never lost from two sets up in 255 Grand Slam matches.
But Tsonga went on all-out attack, serving like a dream, bashing returns and following them. Slowly, but surely, Federer wilted and Tsonga won in five to reach the semis, where he was beaten by Djokovic.