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Rogers Cup is not Roger's Cup as Federer downed by Tsonga

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga made light work of Roger Federer in the final of the Rogers Cup © Getty Images
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The scoreline may read 7-5 7-6(3) in Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's favour, but this was a far more one-sided Rogers Cup final as Roger Federer was blown away emphatically in Toronto.

Tsonga, who had already beaten three other top ten players - Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Grigor Dimitrov - to reach the final, carded 10 aces, won 32 of 34 first-serve points and did not face a single break point.

Such is the domination of the so-called Big Four - Rafael Nadal, Federer, Djokovic and Murray - Tsonga's victory makes himself just the seventh active player with more than one ATP Masters title. Nadal has 27, Federer 21, Djokovic 19 and Murray nine. Then it's Nikolay Davydenko on three and Tsonga and Lleyton Hewitt on two.

Tsonga made the most of the only break point from either player in the opening set to take control of the game. He then fashioned six break points in the second set - compared to none again for Federer - and although he could not take any of them, the 29-year-old prevailed through the tie-break.

It was only Tsonga's fifth win in 16 career meetings with Federer but earned him his 11th tour title and second at this level, following his win at the 2008 Paris Masters.

"I'm just so happy, it's crazy," Tsonga said during the post-match presentations. "I'm feeling good. I have been waiting for this moment for a couple of years now.

"This week I'm more consistent and it's good because it [helped] me beat three guys in the top 10. I didn't do that for a couple of years now and it gives me hope for the rest of the year."

He added: "When you play against Roger, it's always special. "First, because you play in a big area, in a big stadium anyway.

"And every time the crowd is for him, so it's quite a good sensation. It's quite a good feeling when you win against 10,000 people."

Federer, humble as ever, added: "Jo deserved this title, he beat some great players to get to the final and I'm really happy for him.

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

"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."

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