Tsonga Defeats Federer to Capture Rogers Cup

by John on August 10, 2014

Jo-Wilfried at Rogers Cup

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga captured his fourth win in a row over a Top 10 opponent, defeating Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6 (3) in the final of the Rogers Cup in Toronto Sunday afternoon. Wins over No. 1 Novak Djokovic, No. 9 Andy Murray, No. 8 Grigor Dimitrov and No. 3 Federer propelled Tsonga to his 11th career title and first of the year. It was also 13th seeded Tsonga’s second Masters Series crown (Paris, 2008) and improved the Frenchman’s record to 5-11 against Federer. Federer dropped to 2-5 in finals this year and failed in his bid to become the first player to achieve 300 Masters Series match wins. “I feel good,” Tsonga said. “I think for the moment I don’t realize really what I achieved this week, but it’s a big achievement for me. It’s completely different than before when I won in Paris. In Paris it was the first one, behind my family, all my friends, everybody. Here I just did it with my level, with my game. I played well all week. I beat many good guys.” The first set proceeded on serve with nary a break opportunity until the 12th game, when Federer became unglued. The Swiss Maestro sprayed two shot long to fall behind 15-30, pulled even with a winner, but was wide with a ground stroke that was unsuccessfully challenged, setting up the first break point. Federer flew a forehand long and Tsonga had the opener in 44 minutes. Tsonga continued to pound his serve in the second set and hold easily, while Federer struggled, needing to save a break point in the sixth game, four more in the eighth, and another in the 10th, but still held thoughout to force a tiebreaker. Tsonga got the crucial mini-break on the seventh point and another for good measure on the 10th to seal the win in one hour and 58 minutes. “Today was just difficult in terms of rhythm from the baseline, so it was like a new tournament for me.” Federer said, alluding to the fact that his four previous matches were at night when the court conditions were slower. ” 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.” Tsonga served 11 aces to seven for Federer,and they each hit 26 winners. Federer committed a whopping 37 unforced errors, Tsonga just 18. Tsonga never faced a break point, while the Swiss saved six of seven.







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