Federer to meet Tsonga in the final

Swiss former world number Roger Federer seals straight-sets win over Feliciano Lopez in the Rogers Cup semi-final.

    Federer is one win short of landing an 80th career title [AP]
    Federer is one win short of landing an 80th career title [AP]

    Roger Federer eased into the final of the Rogers Cup with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Spain's Feliciano Lopez, putting the Swiss maestro on the brink of a landmark 80th career title.

    Standing between Federer and another trophy is Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who claimed his third straight upset by dispatching seventh-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-3.

    After knocking off world number one Novak Djokovic in the third round, twice champion Andy Murray in the quarters and Dimitrov in the semi-finals, the powerful Frenchman will need to produce one more upset to deny Federer a third Canadian title.

    It will be Federer's 120th career final while Tsonga will be playing for a title for the 20th time.

    Federer said Tsonga would be on a high after his series of upsets in Toronto.

    "I think it was a matter of time that he got it all together again, especially in terms of confidence," said the second seeded Swiss, who is looking for his third title of the season.

    "So for him to beat Murray and Djokovic... it's a really good effort for him and it's going to give him loads of confidence going into the finals.

    "He just can overpower guys, serve up a storm and then play really aggressive with his forehand and also be solid in his backhand.

    Federer, who celebrated his 33rd birthday on Friday, was in imperious form, dropping just four points on his serve in taking the opening set.

    The 17-time grand slam winner kept up the pressure in the second with a break to open the set and was never seriously challenged, running his record against Lopez to 11-0.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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