August 14, 2009 / 11:07 PM / 9 years ago

Federer knocked out by Frenchman Tsonga

Roger Federer of Switzerland leaves the court after losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in their quarter-final match at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Montreal August 14, 2009. REUTERS/Shaun Best

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga staged a spectacular third-set comeback to beat world number one Roger Federer 7-6 1-6 7-6 on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the Montreal Masters.

Tsonga, whose looks are often compared to Muhammad Ali, appeared out for the count when 15-times grand slam winner Federer raced into a 5-1 lead in the deciding set.

However, the seventh seed swept through the next five games to force a tiebreak which he won 7-3 to stun the Swiss and the capacity centre-court crowd.

After taking the opening set tiebreak 7-5, Tsonga lost his way as Federer reeled off the last three games of the second to level the match.

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