Murray falls to Tsonga

  • Last Updated: August 9 2014, 7:42 BST

Andy Murray somehow turned what looked like being a victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga into a Rodgers Cup quarter-final defeat on Friday.

Andy Murray bids farewell in Toronto after losing to Tsonga
Andy Murray bids farewell in Toronto after losing to Tsonga

The Scot lost a tight opener on the tie-break and appeared set to bow out at the quarter-final stage when he offered up two break points at 4-4 in the second.

He hung tough to save his serve, though, and then broke the Frenchman - conqueror of Novak Djokovic on Thursday - before running away into a 3-0 lead in the decider.

But he inexplicably crumbled, losing five games in a row before slumping to a 7-6 (7/5) 4-6 6-4 loss.

He was visibly frustrated as his chances disappeared in front of him, with Tsonga deserving immense credit for his fightback.

The see-saw nature of the second and third sets was entirely out of keeping with the opener which Tsonga won on a tie-break after 12 consecutive holds of serve. He got ahead in the breaker when Murray hit a forehand long.

The pair traded breaks early in the second set and Murray then looked set for straight-sets exit when he offered up two more break points. He found a way to save them, however, and then broke himself before winning the set to love.

He carried that confidence into the decider and was soon 3-0 ahead as Tsonga got erratic, before the tables turned dramatically.

"I had to play around my return position quite a lot, and I started to get into more service games in the second and third set," Murray told atp.com after the match.

"I thought it was a high-level match with a few games by both of us in the second and third sets that were a bit scrappy.

"Jo is a top player. He's a fantastic athlete. When his game is on, he's very tough to beat."

Tsonga told the ATP Tour's official website: "I had my hand on the match at the beginning and then he came back. Then I was a little bit down.

"I just stayed focused, tried to be a little bit more aggressive because I was a little bit flat after losing the second set.

"(In the third set) he gave me one or two points that he didn't give me since the start of the second set and then I broke back and I won it."

Tsonga's next opponent will be Grigor Dimitrov, who came from a set down to beat giant South African Kevin Anderson 5-7 7-5 7-6 (8/6).

World number three Roger Federer celebrated his 33rd birthday with a 6-3 4-6 6-3 win over David Ferrer.

The Swiss 17-time grand slam winner allowed his momentum to slip in the second set but was otherwise in strong form, serving the only seven aces of the match and breaking serve five times.

He will face Feliciano Lopez, who followed up his win over Tomas Berdych with another valiant three-set effort to overcome sixth seed Milos Raonic 6-4 6-7 (5/7) 6-3.

Lopez's solid serving saw him through the match's trickiest moments - most notably at 2-2 in the third set, when he saved nine break points.