TORONTO - Just one day after ousting the top-seeded Novak Djokovic, France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wanted to give the fans in Toronto an encore. So on Thursday, the No. 13 seed defeated 8th-seeded Andy Murray to advance the semi-finals at the Rogers Cup on Saturday.
After a hard-earned win in the opening set - 7-6 (5) - Tsonga dropped the second set 4-6 but went the distance with the two-time Grand Slam winner, earning a crucial break to go ahead 4-3, ultimately winning 6-4.
Having won 6-2, 6-2 on Thursday, Tsonga's matchup with Djokovic was somewhat easier (assuming it's fair to describe any match vs. the world's No. 1) than his matchup against Murray on Friday, which lasted two hours and 18 minutes. Still, Tsonga got the win and it was evident that fatigue did not play a factor as, unlike the Frenchman, Murray won his matchup on Thursday via retirement thanks to a Richard Gasquet injury.
Tsonga will now await the winner of the Grigor Dimitrov-Kevin Anderson match which is just now under way.
As for the lone Canadian in singles play, Milos Raonic will take to centre court later this evening against Spain's Feliciano Lopez.
Quite a few of the top seeds may have been eliminated, but the 2014 Rogers Cup is nonetheless proving to be one exciting tournament. We'll see how the rest of Friday pans out.