Djokovic upset by Tsonga in Rogers Cup 3rd round
TORONTO (AP) — Top-ranked Novak Djokovic was upset by 13th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Thursday in the Rogers Cup, falling 6-2, 6-2 in only 63 minutes in the third round.
Second-seeded Roger Federer narrowly avoided another upset, edging Marin Cilic 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-4.
Djokovic came in with 11 straight wins over Tsonga but was nowhere near adding a 12th.
“Just nothing was going,” Djokovic said. “No baseline, no serve, no return. So just generally (a) very bad day, very poor performance.”
Tsonga’s serve gave Djokovic plenty of trouble. The Frenchman had only eight aces, but Djokovic continually struggled to keep his returns in play and Tsonga pulled off a victory he relished.
“It’s not every day you get the rewards of what you’re doing every day during the year,” he said. “You leave your family, practice every day hard, suffer a lot on the court. And when you win a match like this, you just feel good.”
Djokovic never looked comfortable in Toronto, his first tournament since winning Wimbledon last month. Four days later, he married his longtime girlfriend.
On Wednesday, Djokovic needed three tough sets to outlast Gael Monfils.
“I wasn’t hitting the ball clean and a lot of unforced errors,” said Djokovic, who beat Tsonga in the 2008 Australian Open final for his first major title. “It’s maybe (a) lack of matches on this surface and, well, it takes time. Let’s just say it’s going to be better, I’m sure.”
Tsonga will play eighth-seeded Andy Murray in the quarterfinals. Murray advanced when third-round opponent Richard Gasquet withdrew because of an abdominal strain.
Federer faced only two break points throughout his contest against Cilic, saving both, but still had difficulty dispatching the resolute Croat, who saved six match points during the second set and eventually took it in a tiebreak.
Federer’s quarterfinal opponent will be David Ferrer. The Spaniard was also pushed to three sets by a Croat opponent, defeating Ivan Dodig 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Third-seeded Stan Wawrinka failed to make it two Swiss in the last eight, as he was beaten 7-6 (8), 7-5 by Kevin Anderson.
Anderson will play seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov, a 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 winner over Tommy Robredo.
Milos Raonic also advanced in his home tournament, beating Julien Benneteau of France 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. The sixth-seeded Raonic, coming off a tournament victory Sunday in Washington, will play Feliciano Lopez in the quarterfinals. The Spaniard beat Tomas Berdych 3-6, 6-3, 6-4