MONTREAL – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga hit Roger Federer with an unpleasant Wimbledon flashback on Thursday, brushing aside the Swiss maestro 7-6 4-6 6-1 to book his place in an unlikely quarter-final line-up at the Montreal Masters.
Federer came into the third round encounter seeking revenge on the Frenchman who had dashed his bid for a seventh Wimbledon crown five weeks ago by storming back from two sets down to steal a shock last-eight win.
The venue may have changed but the result was the same, as Tsonga again proved stronger in the closing stages than the world number three, winning an entertaining contest packed with dazzling rallies that delighted a packed centre court crowd.
“He beat me at Wimbledon, so I don’t know how much of a surprise it is,” Federer, a two-time winner in Canada told reporters. “He’s playing well.