Tsonga battles past Murray to reach Toronto semis

Tsonga battles past Murray to reach semis
By Eurosport

08/08/2014 at 21:31Updated 09/08/2014 at 04:38

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga battled back from a break down in the final set to defeat Andy Murray 7-6(5) 4-6 6-4 and reach the semi-finals of the Toronto Masters.

Murray raced into a 3-0 lead in the decider, but Tsonga fought back with two quick breaks to transform the match.

And although he surrendered a 40-0 advantage when serving for the match at 5-4, the Frenchman held on to book his spot in the last four.

"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," said Murray.

"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."

Victory capped an impressive 48 hours for Tsonga, who deposed of world number one Novak Djokovic on Thursday in the third round.

The world number 15 will next face either Grigor Dimitrov or Kevin Anderson.

Results from the Toronto Masters Men's Singles Quarterfinal matches on Friday

13-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) beat 8-Andy Murray (Britain) 7-6(5) 4-6 6-4