Murray bows out in Toronto
Toronto, ON SportsNetwork.com) - Two-time champion Andy Murray lost to Jo- Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals of the $3.145 million Rogers Cup on Friday.
The No. 13 seed Tsonga of France upended the eighth-seeded Murray 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-4 on the hardcourts at Rexall Centre after stunning world No. 1 and three-time Rogers Cup champion Novak Djokovic in straight sets on Thursday.
Murray blew a 3-0 lead in the final set against Tsonga, who charged back to win four straight games to gain control. Tsonga ultimately converted on his fourth match point after double-faulting on his third to let Murray even the 10th game at deuce.
The Frenchman prevailed in 2 hours, 18 minutes, prompting Murray to smash his racket on the court following his post-match handshake with Tsonga and the chair umpire.
Tsonga ripped 12 aces among his 42 winners on Day 5 at the Masters 1000 and U.S. Open Series event. He moved on to face seventh-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who outlasted 6-foot-8 South African Kevin Anderson 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (8-6).
Roger Federer, on his 33rd birthday, also moved into the semifinals. The No. 2 seed and two-time Rogers Cup champ from Switzerland bounced fifth-seeded David Ferrer of Spain 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
He will face Spain's Feliciano Lopez in the semifinals. Lopez upset last year's runner-up Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3. The sixth-seeded Raonic was coming off a win last week in Washington.
The winner of the tournament will earn $600,000.
08/08 23:50:28 ET