Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s dream week continues as he entered the final of Rogers Cup 2014 by turning in another accomplished performance – this time he claimed a straight sets victory against seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov who was hoping to play his debut ATP Masters title clash on Sunday. The thirteenth-seeded Frenchman – he defeated top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray en route to the semi-finals – converted three out of ten break points on Saturday afternoon to improve the head-to-head score to 4-0. The opener was a tight affair with the serves remaining intact until 4-4 when the French athlete broke the deadlock in first attempt. An adventurous tenth game followed with Dimitrov producing four break back points, but his rival weathered the storm in the end to close out the set. Riding the wave of momentum, Tsonga broke to love in the third game of the second and kept pulling all the strings to eventually break once more for a convincing 6-4, 6-3 triumph, dropping only 13 of 53 service points in the process.
Second seed Roger Federer will be bidding for his third Toronto Masters title this Sunday and the first one since 2006 after a routine victory over unseeded Feliciano Lopez. He maintained the spotless head-to-head record against the 32-year-old Spanish player which now stands at 11-0. The Swiss Maestro controlled the proceedings throughout the semi-final clash in which he created 11 break points, two of which were converted. The set one was practically decided in the fourth game when Roger got his nose in front and while the Spaniard rescued the remaining break points, he posed no threat on the opponent’s serve. FedEx opened the set two with the second break of the day and held his service games rather easily to win 6-3, 6-4 and set up a championship match against Tsonga. He won all but 12 of his service points.
“[Tsonga] can overpower guys, serve up a storm and then play really aggressive with his forehand and also be solid in his backhand,” Federer noted. “You think you’re in a safe place in the rally, and he takes one step and just hits it and the point is over. That’s why he’s been in the Top 10 for so long.”