Jo-Wilfried Tsonga notched his first top-ten victory of the season with a dominant 6-2, 6-2 win over No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the third round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto. The win was Tsonga's first over a No. 1 player since 2010. Tsonga, now ranked No. 15, had not beaten a top-ten player since he knocked out Roger Federer at the French Open in 2013. He came into Thursday's match having lost 18 straight sets to Djokovic, most recently suffering a straight-set loss to him in the fourth round of Wimbledon last month.
It has been a mediocre season for Tsonga, who has not progressed past the fourth round of any Grand Slam or won any titles. But he showed his vintage form against Djokovic, breaking Djokovic's serve four times over the course of the match, securing the win in just over an hour.
Djokovic, coming off a tough three-set win over Gael Monfils on Wednesday, was flat. He did little to bother Tsonga, hitting 11 winners to 18 unforced errors. Tsonga, on the other hand, kept a fairly clean sheet, hitting 23 winners to just 13 unforced errors to advance to his second ATP Masters 1000 quarterfinal of the season.
Video: Everything working for Tsonga. Sweet approach, volley and overhead to break Djokovic in 1st game of 2nd set. http://t.co/ky94Kvfdb7— TennisTV (@TennisTV) August 7, 2014
Djokovic wasn't the only top seed to bow out of Toronto on Thursday. No. 3 seed Stan Wawrinka lost in straight sets to No. 21 Kevin Anderson, 7-6 (8), 7-5. It was Anderson's second win of the season over Wawrinka, having beaten him in Indian Wells earlier this year.
Serving and hitting big, Anderson, who made the Citi Open quarterfinals last week, hit 29 winners, including 11 aces. Wawrinka was playing his first tournament since Wimbledon and struggled with his serve, serving at just 41 percent in the match. Anderson will play No. 8 Grigor Dimitrov, who may need a long ice bath after beating Tommy Robredo 7-5, 5-6, 6-4 in over two hours.
Tsonga will face Andy Murray, who received a walkover after Richard Gasquet withdrew with an abdominal injury. Murray leads their head-to-head 9-1 with that sole loss coming at the Australian Open in 2008.