Jo-Wilfried Tsonga stuns the world number 3 to record his second ATP Masters 1000 title.
Frenchman, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (29) beat Roger Federer (33) in the Rogers Cup final that was held in Toronto on August 10, 2014. After impressive wins over Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Grigor Dimitrov in the previous rounds, the world number 15 beat Federer with straight sets 7-5 7-6.
The match went on for 2 hours and 8 minutes with Tsonga coming out on top. In their last 16 meetings together, Roger Federer had beaten his French counterpart 11 times. Although, what is interesting is, out of the 5 wins, 3 were on Canadian hard courts.
Tsonga had 11 aces and won 33/35 points on his first service. When Tsonga had a championship point at 5-4, there was a shout from the crowd that seemed to have disturbed his concentration. This gave Federer a chance to come back into the match who was otherwise struggling to find any rhythm.
However, luck ran out for the former world number one as he net a ball to give Tsonga his second ATP Masters 1000 title.
After the match, Roger Federer was full of praise for Tsonga and said that he deserved the title. In the post match conference, Tsonga said, “If you believe in something it can happen. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved this week.”
The Rogers Cup is Tsonga’s 11th career title and the first of this season. With performances like these, things look bright for the Frenchman. If Tsonga continues to show such sporting feat, this year might prove to be a high point in his career.