Roger Federer will get a chance for a small measure of revenge on Friday after advancing with a straight-sets win at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.
Federer trailed early on but battled back in the first set for a 7-6 (2), 6-3 victory over French veteran Michael Llodra at Rexall Centre on the grounds of York University.
The match was a return to old-school tennis, with both players showing creativity and aggressiveness instead of the more common baseline power game used by many at the sport's top level.
Federer, the Swiss star who has won the Rogers Cup twice before, will next face the man who sent him to his earliest Wimbledon exit in eight years earlier this summer.
No. 7 seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic gets Federer again after fighting off the tough challenge of Ukrainian qualifier Aleksander Dolgopolov, who earlier this week upset Mikhail Youzhny.
Berdych beat Dolgopolov 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-1.
Berdych toppled Federer 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and went on to finish runner up to Rafael Nadal. Federer had made the Wimbledon final in the seven previous years.