Djokovic falls while Federer pulls great escape

Fri Aug 8, 2014 1:31am EDT
 
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By Steve Keating

TORONTO(Reuters) - Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga handed world number one 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 under a bright morning sun with South African Kevin Anderson startling third seeded Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka 7-6 (8) 7-5 and ended in the late evening chill with 17-time grand slam winner 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.   Continued...

 
Aug 7, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Novak Djokovic (SRB) lines up a forehand against Jo-Willfried Tsonga (FRA)  on day four of the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Rexall Centre. Mandatory Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports