TORONTO – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is through to the semifinals at the US$3.78-million men’s Rogers Cup with yet another upset victory.
The 13th-seeded Frenchman dispatched No. 8 Andy Murray of Britain 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4 in their quarter-final match Friday at Rexall Centre, earning a crucial break to go ahead 4-3 in the decisive third set.
“I know the game I got broken back I played a very bad game,” Murray said. “I had to play around my return position quite a lot, and I started to get into more service games the second and third set, but I thought it was a high level match with a few games by both of us in the second and third sets that were a bit scrappy.
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Murray said it was a much faster-paced match than his tournament opener against Nick Kyrgios. Murray got to the quarter-finals by walkover when Richard Gasquet withdrew.
On Thursday, Tsonga upset top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia 6-2, 6-2.
“I don’t have a lot of confidence behind me,” Tsonga said. “I try to be consistent in my work, and I’m sure it will give me some rewards.
“This week is kind of rewards for me, you know, to play like this, to beat two guys in the top 10. It’s good, and I hope it will continue.”
Canada’s Milos Raonic, the sixth seed from Thornhill, Ont., faces Spain’s Feliciano Lopez in quarter-final action Friday night.
Kevin Anderson takes on Grigor Dimitrov while David Ferrer meets Roger Federer in the other quarter-final matches.
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