Rogers Cup Semi-finals review: Federer and Tsonga cruise through to the final

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Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga both advanced to the final of the ATP 1000 event The Rogers Cup in Toronto dropping only 7 games each in their respective matches.

Tsonga was up first, and broke Dimitrov 3 times in his 6-4, 6-3 win. Tsonga struggled with his first serve, making only 49 percent of them, but when he did make them, he made them count- the French won 88 percent of points behind his first delivery. And on a day when he needed his second serve to be strong, it did not let him down. He won 63 percent of his second service points, compared to Dimitrov’s 42 percent.

It was not only Tsonga’s game that impressed. Tsonga delivered another aggressive and bold display on his ground and net game to knock out Dimitrov after taking down Djokovic and Murray in the previous rounds. His forehand up the line was hit with the conviction he displayed in his former top ten days when he made two Paris Masters finals. The final will be his third ATP 1000 final.

He will face Roger Federer in the championship match. Federer increased his head to head to 11-0 over Feliciano Lopez after beating him 6-3, 6-4. It was a comfortable victory for the Swiss after his battles with Marin Cilic and David Ferrer. Federer outserved his opponent, making 55 percent of his first serves compared to a woeful 38 percent for his opponent. Federer took advantage of all the second service deliveries coming his way, creating 11 break points, and taking two of them. Lopez, meanwhile, did not get one break point opportunity in the match.

Federer will compete in his fifth Canadian Open final. He has won two titles,(2004, 2006), and been runner up in 2007 and 2010. How he will do in the final against Tsonga will be intriguing- he has lost to the Frenchman twice at the event, in 2009, after being unable to convert match points, and in 2011.

Commentary by Christian Deverille
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