Tsonga beats Federer for Toronto title
08/10/2014 7:36 PM
08/10/2014 7:36 PM
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Roger Federer in Sunday's Rogers Cup final.
The 13th-seeded Tsonga beat Federer, the No. 2 seed, by a 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) margin to capture his 11th career title. The Frenchman won his first final since defeating Tomas Berdych in Marseille last year.
Tsonga defeated world No. 1 and three-time Rogers Cup champion Novak Djokovic, two-time tournament champ Andy Murray and Grigor Dimitrov en route to the final.
It was the second career Masters 1000 Series win for Tsonga and first victory at this event. He is the first Frenchman to win the Rogers Cup.
Tsonga will return to the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time since March.
"I feel good," said Tsonga. "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. It's a big achievement because I worked really hard to come back from my knee injury last year."
Federer, who turned 33 on Friday, was trying to become the first player to hit 300 match wins at the Masters 1000 level. The Swiss superstar fell to 79-41 for his career in finals.
Federer is a two-time Rogers Cup champion, claiming titles in both 2004 and 2006. He lost to Djokovic in the 2007 final and Murray in 2010.
"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."
Tsonga improved to 5-11 in head-to-head matchups against Federer.
Tsonga took home $598,900 with the victory.
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