Richard Gasquet is into his first Wimbledon slam semi-final since 2007 after ending Stan Wawrinka's campaign in a gripping five-setter.
Richard Gasquet came through a five-set thriller against Stan Wawrinka to reach his second Wimbledon semi-final on Wednesday.
Gasquet - so often accused of mental fragility at key moments - blew two match points midway through the fifth set, but recovered to edge a tense finale and progress 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-4 11-9.
The Frenchman made the most of a host of first-set errors from the French Open champion to move ahead and produced a gutsy fightback from 2-1 down to make it three wins from as many grand slam quarter-finals.
Having ended Wawrinka's bid to become the fifth man in the Open Era to win Wimbledon and French Open in the same year after three-and-a-half hours on court, 21st seed Gasquet will take on defending champion Novak Djokovic in the semis.
As had been the case throughout the tournament, the pair proved effective on serve early on, albeit while making uncharacteristic unforced errors on their forehands.
The pair boast two of the finest backhands in the game but, when Wawrinka netted a relatively routine one in the seventh, Gasquet was able to break for a 4-3 lead.
Wawrinka continued to accumulate errors but held at 4-5 to stay in the set.
While Gasquet spurned one set point with a netted forehand volley, a long Wawrinka backhand gave his opponent the advantage. The Swiss broke for the first time early in the second set for a 3-0 lead when Gasquet's forehand cleared the baseline.
However, the Frenchman fought back to level - holding to love in the sixth - as Wawrinka appeared troubled by a problem with his right shoulder.
Gasquet faltered at the worst time, his second double fault allowing Wawrinka back into the match and the two-time slam winner maintained that momentum to break with an ace for a 3-1 lead in the third.
Another fierce serve allowed Wawrinka to pick his spot and claim the set with a forehand winner off a tame return, but a gutsy fourth set from Gasquet set up a decider.
Holding his nerve, Gasquet benefitted from his Wawrinka's double fault to set up a tense decider that saw his rival break before moving within two points of victory in the ninth.
Backhand errors cost Gasquet as he allowed his opponent back in at 5-4 before the pair held serve and matched one another in a tense stand-off.
It was Wawrinka to blink first and, while Gasquet initially let him off the hook, he converted at the third attempt after seeing his opponent's backhand sail long.