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Tsonga, Del Potro ease out Federer, Nadal

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

MONTREAL – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pulled out a stunning victory over Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro followed with a two-set win over Rafael Nadal on Friday as both advanced to the semifinals of the Rogers Cup.

Down 5-1 in the third set, Tsonga broke serve twice and then beat Federer in the tiebreaker for a 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (3) quarterfinal victory.

Del Potro broke Nadal’s service twice for a 3-0 lead in the second to set up a 7-6 (5), 6-1 win. Nadal was the defending Rogers Cup champion.

In other quarterfinals, fifth-seeded Andy Roddick recovered from a second-set service break to down Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, 6-4, 7-6 (4), and will next face del Potro, while third-seeded Andy Murray had a 6-2, 6-4 win over Russian Nikolay Davydenko to set up a clash with Roddick.

Both Federer and Nadal entered the tournament after time off. Federer’s wife gave birth to twin daughters while Nadal had 10 weeks off to ease tendinitis in both knees.

“I did not feel real good – 5-1 down and Roger playing well and I had no solutions,” said the seventh-seeded Tsonga.         (AP)

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