Monaco - Roger Federer was knocked out of
the Monte Carlo Masters when he slumped to a 3-6 6-2 7-5 defeat by local
favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals on Friday.
The Swiss third seed, back in action this
week after a 10-week layoff, started brightly as he breezed through the opening
set but Tsonga, targeting Federer's forehand, played tighter and levelled with
a strong display in the second.
The Frenchman broke in the 11th game of the
decider with a passing shot winner and he closed it out on serve on his first
match point to set up a meeting with compatriot Gael Monfils, who beat Spain's
Marcel Granollers 6-2 6-4.
Earlier, there were glimpses of the
formidable Rafa Nadal as the eight-time champion swept aside French Open winner
Stan Wawrinka 6-1 6-4.
The Spaniard, who set a tournament record
of 46 wins in a row in the principality from 2005 to 2013 when he finished
runner-up, will take on Andy Murray for a place in the final.
World No 2 Murray raced into last four with
a 6-2 6-0 demolition of Canadian Milos Raonic.
Opening proceedings on centre court, the
Briton, who struggled in the previous round, was never bothered by 10th seed
Raonic in a one-sided match.
Murray, who hit 19 winners and did not face
single break point, was beaten twice by Nadal in the semi-finals of the first
clay-court Masters of the season.
The fifth-seeded Nadal, who broke
decisively in the ninth game of the second set, has yet to win a title this
"It's exactly what I need, it's what
I'm looking for, it gives me confidence," Nadal said.