TORONTO – Fresh from dispatching Novak Djokovic in straight sets, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga eliminated another of tennis’ top echelon by beating Andy Murray on Friday to reach the Rogers Cup semifinals.
Tsonga beat eighth-seeded Murray 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-4 while Roger Federer was extended to three sets before ultimately defeating Spainard David Ferrer.
Tsonga said he did not have much confidence entering the tournament, but wins over Djokovic, who is ranked No. 1 in the world, and Murray had him primed for the U.S. Open, which begins in New York later this month.
“I try to be consistent in my work, and I’m sure it will give me some rewards,” Tsonga said. “This week is kind of rewards for me, to play like this, to beat two guys in the top 10. It’s good, and I hope it will continue.”
The second-seeded Federer beat fifth-seeded Ferrer 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the late match to set up a semifinal against Feliciano Lopez, who upset local favorite Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3.
Tsonga will take on seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov, who edged Kevin Anderson 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (8-6).
Murray reached the quarterfinals by walkover when Richard Gasquet withdrew.
“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,” Murray said.