The top seeds are flying out the door in Montreal. The latest to fall was Roger Federer who was beaten in three sets by Jo Wilfried Tsonga in a rematch of their recent Wimbledon quarterfinal. Federer’s exit leaves Novak Djokovic, the new world number one, as the only surviving player from the famed ‘Big Four.’
Tsonga played his flamboyant, powerful game and managed to defend three opportunities Federer had to break in the first set. After almost an hour it was Tsonga who took the lead after taking the first set tie break.
In his previous two meetings with the Frenchman, Federer has lost after having comfortable leads but in this match he was forced to play catch up in the second, dutifully rising to the occasion, gaining an early break and a 2-1 lead in the second set.
Tsonga, who won 7-6, 4-6, 6-1, will now play Nicolas Almagro in the quarterfinals. He would face the winner of Djokovic V Monfils should he win his next round.