Toronto: Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga handed world No. 1 Novak Djokovic a 6-2, 6-2 third round defeat on Thursday as the Rogers Cup was rocked by upsets.
A day of high-drama began with South African Kevin Anderson startling third seeded Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (8), 7-5 and ended in the evening with Roger Federer out-lasting big hitting Croatian Marin Cilic 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-4.
Federer began the nearly three hour marathon on Thursday as a 32-year-old before leaving the Rexall Tennis Centre having turned 33 and the only one of the top seeds to survive a day of upsets that included Wimbledon champion Djokovic.
“It is nice winning those kind of matches, I’ve also lost a bunch in my career especially this season,” said Federer, who had looked poised to join the exodus of seeds after squandering six match points in the second set.
“I had 23 break points against Tsonga in Monaco, that's worse. So from that standpoint I've been there before.
“All six match points were on my own serve and it wasn't like I didn't have a chance so that was good in a way but also frustrating.
“But you keep going.”
Fourth seeded Czech Tomas Berdych also had his Canadian visit come to an end with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 loss to veteran Spaniard Feliciano Lopez.
French 12th seed Richard Gasquet was also a third round casualty, forced out of the tournament with abdominal pain, giving twice Canadian champion Andy Murray direct passage into the quarter-finals. Sixth seed Milos Raonic, the last Canadian standing, kept hopes of a home grown winner alive riding the support of a boisterous crowd to a 6-3 4-6 6-4 victory over Frenchman Julien Benneteau.
“I haven’t played even close to what I intended before going to the court,” said Djokovic. “No baseline, no serve, no return. (Reuters)