Toronto - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Andy Murray for the first time in six years
on Friday with a 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-4 win which took him into the Toronto
The victory, in just over two and a quarter
hours, marked another disappointment for Murray, who has not won a title
since his historic success at Wimbledon 13 months ago.
The 27-year-old's highlights this season have been limited to a pair of semi-finals, at Acapulco and Roland Garros.
who led 3-0 in the deciding set, had not played this week since the
second round after receiving a walkover when Richard Gasquet withdrew
from their scheduled third round clash with an abdominal strain.
just disappointing because it's important to play matches," said
Murray, still trying to lift his form after back surgery 10 months ago
and playing his first event since Wimbledon a month ago.
"If you've had a break for a while, ideally you want to try and play as many matches as you can.
and sport really can change a lot from one day to the next. Jo is a top
player. He's a fantastic athlete. When his game is on, he's very tough
It was the second upset of a top 10 player in as many
days for Tsonga, who knocked out world number one Novak Djokovic in the
Tsonga, seeded 13th, stood 1-9 in his career
head-to-head series with world number nine Murray, whose ranking is at
its lowest since 2008.
Tsonga's only previous win over the Scot
came in the Australian Open first round in 2008, the year the Frenchman
burst into prominence as a finalist at Melbourne Park.
The Frenchman will next play the winner from seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov and South African Kevin Anderson.
ended with 17 aces, 42 winners and 35 unforced errors in his typical
big-hitting style. Murray had 20 winners and 26 unforced errors.
levelled at a set each, saving a pair of break points to hold for 5-4
before breaking Tsonga to love for a 6-4 scoreline in the second.
Briton, coached by former women's champion Amelie Mauresmo, then began
the third set with a break, only to lose the edge in the fifth game as
Tsonga retrieved the break.
The French player grabbed the lead 4-3
off another break of the fragile eighth seed but had to work to wrap up
victory three games later with Murray saving three match points before
netting a backhand and then falling victim to a Tsonga return winner.
Murray won the Canadian event in 2009 and 2010 and stands 21-6 overall at the tournament.
Tsonga has now reached the semi-finals in three of four Canadian editions.