Tsonga dispatches No. 1 Djokovic with ease to advance to quarterfinals of Rogers Cup

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic was upset by 13th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 6-2 in only 63 minutes in the third round of the Rogers Cup at Toronto on Thursday.

Djokovic came in with 11 straight wins over Tsonga but was nowhere near adding a 12th.

“Just nothing was going,” Djokovic said. “No baseline, no serve, no return. So just generally (a) very bad day, very poor performance.”

Tsonga will play eighth-seeded Andy Murray in the quarterfinals. Murray advanced when third-round opponent Richard Gasquet withdrew because of an abdominal strain.

Djokovic’s defeat was the second big upset of the day. Third-seeded Stan Wawrinka lost 7-6 (8), 7-5 to Kevin Anderson.

Anderson will next play seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov, who beat Tommy Robredo, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4. Fifth-seeded David Ferrer was also pushed to three sets in a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Ivan Dodig.

 Serena Williams advanced to the women’s quarterfinals at Montreal, waiting out a rain delay to beat Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic, 7-5, 6-4.

Williams will play Caroline Wozniacki, a 6-1, 6-0 winner over American qualifier Shelby Rogers.

In other matches, Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro upset fourth-seeded Maria Sharapova 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 and Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova topped second-seeded Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.


LPGA: Sandra Gal made six straight birdies on her back nine to take the first-round lead in the Meijer LPGA Classic in Belmont, Michigan, while Michelle Wie withdrew because of a wrist injury.

Gal, the 29-year-old German who won her lone LPGA Tour title in 2011, birdied Nos. 3-8 and finished with a par on No. 9 for a 6-under 65. South Korea’s Inbee Park was a stroke back.

Wie was 5 over after nine holes when she pulled out. She fought injuries to both wrists in 2007.

U.S. WOMEN’S AMATEUR: Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, the low amateur in the U.S. women’s open, advanced to the quarterfinals, winning two matches at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, New York.


NECBL: Dan Hetzel singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and the Sanford Mainers took the opener of their best-of-three North Division championship series with a 4-1 victory over the host Vermont Mountaineers at Montpelier.

Drake Parker also hit an RBI single in the sixth.

Sanford starter Brett Adcock worked six innings, giving up three hits and three walks with five strikeouts.


NASCAR: Joe Gibbs Racing won’t appeal the penalty levied against Denny Hamlin’s team for failing a postrace inspection at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Crew chief Darian Grubb was suspended six weeks and fined $125,000, and car chief Wesley Sherrill was also suspended six weeks. Hamlin and Joe Gibbs were each docked 75 driver and car owner points.

– From staff and news services