It is quite extraordinary that a tournament that has been around since 1881 has never had a French champion. On Sunday evening, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will have the opportunity to end that extraordinary drought when he meets 17-time Grad Slam champion Roger Federer in the final of the Rogers Cup in Toronto.
If you ask Tsonga, the only thing that has changed this week is his consistency. After a mostly forgettable season on the tour, he has now defeated three Top 10 players consecutively, including world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. He would also follow up with wins over Andy Murray and Grigor Dimitrov, which was the first time has achieved such a feat in over two years.
“This week I am more consistent, and it’s good because it makes me beat three guys in the Top 10,” said Tsonga. “I didn’t do that since a couple of years now and it gives me hope for the rest of the year.”
Tsonga also admit that it does feel good to extract a little revenge on players like Murray and Djokovic who have handed him hard defeats in the past.
“I’m feeling good. I’m waiting for this moment since a couple of years now. It’s good because I always believe it myself during all those years, and all this week where I lost against those guys and finally I get a little rewards for the moment of this. It is good for me. “
The Frenchman is aware of the drought that his countrymen have had at the Rogers Cup, as Richard Gasquet failed on two separate occasions to win the title, losing most recently to Novak Djokovic in 2012. While he is not overly concerned with the stat, he is proud of his recent achievement and hopes to generate motivation with it.
“It will for sure make me stronger, keep my motivation at the highest level and it’s great.”
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