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Tsonga Upsets Djokovic In Toronto

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Tsonga© Getty ImagesJo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated a World No. 1 for the third time on Thursday, advancing to the Toronto quarters.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pulled off the upset of the tournament on Thursday at the Rogers Cup, registering a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 win over top seed Novak Djokovic.

Tsonga scored his third victory over a World No. 1 and second in Canada (d. Federer in 2009), needing just 63 minutes to deny Djokovic. The Frenchman fired 23 winners and converted on all four break point opportunities. It was his first win over his Serbian rival since the 2010 Australian Open, breaking an 11-match losing streak.

Tsonga has reached the semi-finals twice (2009, '11) in just three appearances to the Rogers Cup. The World No. 15 improved to 27-13 in 2014, advancing to his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final of the year (Monte-Carlo).

"For me today it was great," said Tsonga. "I played a good match. Soon in the match I was in good condition. I served pretty well, I was pretty aggressive.

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"I'm working hard every day. It's not every day you get the rewards of what you're doing every day during the year. You leave your family, practise hard, suffer a lot on the court. And when you win a match like this, you just feel good."

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Three-time champion Djokovic (2007, '11-12) suffered his first straight-sets loss on hard courts in 57 matches, since the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 stop in Miami last year (l. to Haas). He also succumbed to a French opponent for the first time since the 2010 BNP Paribas Masters (l. to Llodra), ending a streak of 37 straight wins.

"Congratulations to Jo," Djokovic said following the match. "He played some great tennis. Served very well. He was obviously the better player on the court. I hadn't played even close to what I intended before going to the court. Just nothing was going. No baseline, no serve, no return. Generally a very bad day, very poor performance. Couldn't do much."

Tsonga will next face Andy Murray in quarter-finals. Murray advanced after Richard Gasquet withdrew due to an abdominal ailment. Murray leads the FedEx ATP Head2Head series 9-1, having most recently triumphed at the Sony Open Tennis this year.

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