Tsonga beats Federer for Rogers Cup title
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga completed a dream week at the Rogers Cup, winning his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title with a 7-5, 7-6(3) defeat of No.2 seed Roger Federer.
Tsonga Sunday became the first Frenchman to triumph on Canadian soil, claiming his 11th tour-level crown.
"I feel good," Tsonga said. "I think for the moment I don't realise really what I achieved this week, but it's a big achievement for me."
"I played well all week. I beat many good guys. It's a big achievement because I worked really hard to come back from my knee injury last year."
Tsonga defeated four Top 10 opponents in four days, en route to the title, upending World No.1 Novak Djokovic, No.9 Andy Murray, eighth-ranked Grigor Dimitrov and No.2 Federer.
He is the first player to do so at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event since Guillermo Canas achieved the feat in Toronto 12 years ago.
He also became the first Masters 1000 champion ranked outside the Top 10 since then-World No.26 Ivan Ljubicic prevailed in Indian Wells in 2010.
Tsonga won 94 percent of first-serve points, firing 11 aces and not facing a break point. Federer saved a match point while serving down 4-5 in the second set, but was unable to overcome Tsonga's attacking onslaught in the ensuing tie-break, falling after 1 hour and 48 minutes.
Federer, who turned 33 years old Friday, was bidding to become the first player to claim 300 match wins at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level. Victory would have given the Swiss 80 tour-level titles, joining Jimmy Connors (109) and Ivan Lendl (94) as the only players to achieve the feat.
"Today was just difficult in terms of rhythm from the baseline, so it was like a new tournament for me," said Federer. "No excuses. I think he played really solid and well when he had to and I think he served well overall, which was key for him."
"I'm overall pretty happy that I made the finals in my first tournament back on hard courts. I know what I need to work on the next few days and next few weeks."
(Posted on 11-08-2014)