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Rogers Cup: Murray through after Gasquet pulls out

Andy Murray was due to face Richard Gasquet in the Rogers Cup, who has pulled out due to injury. Picture: Getty

Andy Murray was due to face Richard Gasquet in the Rogers Cup, who has pulled out due to injury. Picture: Getty

  • by STEVE KEATING
 

ANDY Murray progressed to the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup without having to step onto the court after his opponent Richard Gasquet withdrew due to injury.

Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga handed world No 1 Novak Djokovic a shock 6-2, 6-2 third-round defeat last night as the Rogers Cup in Toronto was rocked by upsets.

The Wimbledon champion was joined at the exit by another grand slam winner, Australian Open champion and third seed Stan Wawrinka, who was beaten 7-6 (8), 7-5 by South African Kevin Anderson.

French 12th seed Richard Gasquet was also a third round casualty, pulling out of the tournament with abdominal pain and handing two-times Rogers Cup champion Andy Murray direct passage into the quarter-finals, where he will face Tsonga.

A three-time winner on the Canadian hard courts, Djokovic never found his rhythm, needing a third set tiebreak to get past Frenchman Gael Monfils on Wednesday in his opening match.

Playing his first event as a married man, the Serb had reached the semi-finals or better in all seven tournaments he had played since a quarter-final loss at the Australian Open, winning titles at Indian Wells, Miami, Rome and Wimbledon where he reclaimed the top ranking.

It marked the third time that the 13th seeded Tsonga has beaten a world No 1 but the first in their last 12 meetings that he had got the better of Djokovic. Anderson, meanwhile, is proving to be a bit of a bogeyman for Wawrinka, the South African having ended the Swiss’s 13-match winning streak with a fourth-round upset earlier this season at Indian Wells.

“It’s tough to lose that one,” admitted Wawrinka. “It was an okay tournament, nothing special. But I play four matches, singles, doubles together, and did a good week of preparation.

“In general, I’m feeling great. I’m feeling physically good. I’m moving well. I’m playing well. It’s just that I need more matches to be really at the top.”

In Montreal, Carla Suárez Navarro of Spain pulled off the biggest surprise so far at this year’s Rogers Cup as she claimed a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 win over Maria Sharapova in the third round

Suárez Navarro cruised through the first set before

No 4 seed Sharapova toughed out four games in a row to sneak the second set 6-4.

But the No 14-seeded Suárez Navarro stormed through the third set 6-2, winning on one last Sharapova backhand unforced error – her 49th unforced error of the match.

Sharapova will remain at

No 1 on the Road To Singapore leaderboard, the year-long journey to the BNP Paribas WTA Finals no matter what happens the rest of the week.

Caroline Wozniacki also advanced to the next round after defeating Shelby Rogers 6-1, 6-0.

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