“Urinated Blood”: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Recalls the Historic Battle of Beating Roger Federer

Published 01/17/2021, 7:00 AM EST
Roger Federer of Switzerland looks on during his Men’s Singles Quarterfinal match against Tennys Sandgren of the United States on day nine of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 28, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mike Owen/Getty Images)


20-Time Grand Slam winner, Roger Federer is one of the biggest assets in tennis. The performances all throughout his career have been exceptional. At times, the manner in which the Swiss ace commands the tennis court is second to none.

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Although Roger has tasted a lot of success, he has suffered defeats against some of the finest players on Tour. Besides the likes of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, there have been other players who have handed the eight-time Wimbledon champion a loss on more than one occasion.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France plays a forehand return during his match against Lucas Pouille of France during day five of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters at Monte-Carlo Sporting Club on April 14, 2016 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

French tennis star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga happens to one of them. The two players have been involved in many battles, with the Swiss star leading the head-to-head record 12-6. Recently, Jo-Wilfried spoke on one of the matches they had played in Montreal.

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Urinated Blood After the Final Against Roger Federer

It was the final at the Rogers Cup. The former World No. 5 beat Roger in a close match, winning 7-5 7-6 (3). However, the French star revealed a shocking incident that took place after the game.

He said, “After the final against Roger, I felt totally exhausted. I remember going to the bathroom and starting to urinate blood. It got me scared and called the doctor, who told me that due to my extreme fatigue and tension. I had broken muscle fibers and my body passed them out through urine.”

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During the course of the tournament, Tsonga had beaten Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, and Roger Federer to lift the Rogers Cup in 2014. He added, “I will never forget that and all the battles I had with the Big 3. It was immensely proud of the face.”

Although they happen to be rivals on the tennis courts, Roger and Jo-Wilfried are warm towards each other, whenever they come across on Tour.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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