TORONTO – Top seed Novak Djokovic has been eliminated from the men’s Rogers Cup tennis tournament after a 6-2, 6-2 loss to No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.
Serving on match point, Tsonga clinched the win when a Djokovic return went wide.
Tsonga’s serve on the Toronto hardcourt gave Djokovic plenty of trouble. The Frenchman had only had eight aces, but Djokovic continually struggled to keep his returns in bounds.
A visibly elated Tsonga did some shadow boxing and jumped up and down before waving to a receptive crowd at Rexall Centre.
Djokovic came into the match with 11 straight wins over Tsonga, but was nowhere near adding a 12th.
The Serbian star, who has won this tournament three times, never looked comfortable on the Toronto hardcourt. He was coming off a hard-fought 6-2, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (2) second-round win over Gael Monfils a day earlier.
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