Tsonga shocks Federer in final

Frenchman beats former world number one in straight sets to win Rogers Cup and deny Federer an 80th career title.

    This was Tsonga's fifth win over Federer in 16 meetings [AP]
    This was Tsonga's fifth win over Federer in 16 meetings [AP]

    Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had one more surprise in his bag of upsets, beating second-seed Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6 to cap a scintillating march to the Rogers Cup title.

    After knocking off world number one Novak Djokovic in the third round, taking out twice-champion and eighth-seed Andy Murray in the quarters and seventh-seed Grigor Dimitrov in the semis, Tsonga denied 17-time grand slam winner Federer a landmark 80th career title.

    "I played well all this week, I beat many good guys," said Tsonga. "It's a big achievement because I worked really hard to come back from my knee injury last year. Unfortunately there is no secret...behind this there is a lot of work.

    "I'm waiting for this since couple of months now. I was looking for my best level, today I had it and it's great."

    Certainly there was no disputing that Tsonga's win was well-deserved, the 13th-seeded Frenchman's hit list including players who had won seven of the last 10 Canadian titles (Djokovic 2012, 2011, 2007; Murray 2010, 2009 and Federer 2004, 2006).

    It marked the first time since 2002 that a player had beaten the four top seeds to win a Masters series event.

    In 16 career meetings Tsonga had beaten the Swiss maestro just five times but three came on the Canadian hard courts.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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