Federer, Williams Sisters Into Rogers Cup Semifinals; Tsonga Sacks Murray
by Staff | August 8th, 2014, 11:56 pm
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The Williams sisters made a much-anticipated Saturday semifinal at the Rogers Cup in Montreal a reality with hard-fought wins on Friday in the quarterfinals.

Serena came from behind to beat gal pal and former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, and Venus toughed-out a three-set victory over No. 14 seed Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 who stunned Maria Sharapova.

Serena trailed 4-6, 2-4, 15-30 before kicking it into a higher gear with an ace then 10 points in a row.

“She just does everything well,” Williams said of Wozniacki. “She’s really fast, gets a lot of balls back, she makes you hit that extra shot — and she kept her unforced errors down super low today.”

Venus was playing her third three-setter in four matches, looking exhausted in the third set as the Spaniard Suarez Navarro ran her corner to corner, but refused to give in to exhaustion.

Serena and Venus meet for a 25th time, first ever in Canada. Serena leads 14-10 having won the last five against her big sister.

“I have to play well. That’s pretty much it,” Venus said. “There’s no secret or science to it. I think that’s anyone who has gotten any wins against her, they’ve pretty much played the match of their life.

“Hopefully I won’t have to play the match of my life. That’s tough. But I need to play well.”

Added Serena on Venus, “I definitely don’t like playing her – I think I’ve lost to her more than anyone else on the tour. So it’s definitely not a fun match for me, to be honest. But she’s tough. She has a great serve. She runs every ball down. She has a great backhand. She hits winners off the forehand.

“She just does everything well, so it’s not an ideal match-up for anyone, to be honest.”

The other semifinal on Saturday will be No. 3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who defeated No. 8 Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-2, against unseeded Russian Ekaterina Makarova, who weathered the attack of American qualifier Coco Vandeweghe 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.

On the men’s side No. 13-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga showed that his current streak that includes a win over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic on Thursday is no fluke, on Friday ousting another Top 10 player in No. 8 seed Andy Murray 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4.

“I had my hand on the match at the beginning and then he came back,” said Tsonga who had lost his last eight to Murray. “Then I was a little bit down. I just stayed focused, tried to be a little bit more aggressive because I was a little bit flat after losing the second set. “(In the third set) he gave me one or two points that he didn’t give me since the start of the second set and then I broke back and I won it.”

Murray was cruising with a break lead 3-0 in the third before things fell apart for the 2-time Canadian champion.

“I had to play around my return position quite a lot, and I started to get into more service games in the second and third sets,” said Murray who hasn’t reached a final since 2013 Wimbledon. “I thought it was a high-level match with a few games by both of us in the second and third sets that were a bit scrappy.

“Jo is a top player. He’s a fantastic athlete. When his game is on, he’s very tough to beat.”

Tsonga will next meet No. 7 seed Grigor Dimitrov, who saved two matchpoints to deny Kevin Anderson 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(8).

The big-serving South African held two matchpoints on his serve at 5-4, 40-15, and then held two more serves with the mini-break lead 5-4 in the third set tiebreak.

“It was pretty tough,” Anderson said after the 3-hour thriller. “I’m still probably processing it all, but as disappointing and frustrating as a match can possibly get.

“I worked really hard and obviously you never want to lose a match after having a couple of match points…Just probably one of the tougher losses on my serve in my career so far.”

Dimitrov, now 15-2 this year in final sets, will try to get his first win over Tsonga in this his fourth try.

“I knew what to expect against him,” said Dimitrov after advancing to his second straight Masters semi. “I have played him I don’t even know how many times already, and I don’t remember us having a straight-set match. I knew in a way that he can serve himself out of the situation or any of that, but I think we didn’t play at our best. Still, when it came down to those big points, I think it was a lot about the mental toughness and what situation you want to put yourself in to win the point. In the end I was just a little bit stronger on that side and I went for the shots that I know I can win.”

In the late match Friday, No. 2 seed birthday boy Roger Federer defeated No. 5 David Ferrer for a 15th straight time 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. In the semis on Saturday the 2-time tournament champion will meet unseeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, who stunned No. 6 seed and Canadian favorite Milo Raonic 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3.

“With Milos, I have to be aggressive, because if not, he’s going to dominate,” said Lopez, who saved all nine break points he faced in the match. “I have been [playing] this game the whole week and it was working perfectly. So for me there was no reason to change it while playing Milos today.”

Like Ferrer, Lopez has also never beaten Federer. The lefty is 0-10 against Roger.

SATURDAY TORONTO SCHEDULE
STADIUM start 12:30 pm
M Cilic (CRO) / S Gonzalez (MEX) vs [4] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA)

Not Before 3:00 pm
[13] J Tsonga (FRA) vs [7] G Dimitrov (BUL)

Not Before 6:00 pm
[3] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)

Not Before 8:00 pm
F Lopez (ESP) vs [2] R Federer (SUI)


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61 Comments for Federer, Williams Sisters Into Rogers Cup Semifinals; Tsonga Sacks Murray

Michael Says:

Well, forgive me if I am discourteous to Ferrer. But when Roger is facing ferrer, the result is always a foregone conclusion. At the moment, Roger is leading 15-0 and the silver lining for Ferrer is that he managed to take a way a set.


Michael Says:

Tsonga Vs Andy was a humdinger match of twirls, twists and turns. If Andy was lucky, he could have won in straight sets. But he lost that tie break by a whisker, winning the second and was almost heading to the finish line on 3rd, when he led 3-0. It is when, Tsonga cut loose and stopped Andy on his tracks. All credit to him although I thought Andy played really well in the match and was a tad unlucky to lose it. But all said and done, this is a good opening for Tsonga to make it big and add to his collection of Master series title. He has won just one – his home Masters and may be Montreal would be his second coming. Who knows ? Need to wait and watch ? But Dmitrov next would be very tricky.


Wog boy Says:

This might be Dimitrov time to break through and win his first masters.


Michael Says:

Next up for Roger is Felciono Lopez and that should be very tricky. Lopez is finally discovering his strengths and playing with lot of energy and enthusiasm. His forte of strength is his lethal first serve and he tremendously varies the second one. He is also another player who is not afraid to come to the net and I see some reminiscence of John Mcenroe in him when he plays those cross court volleys with ease and elegance. Of late, he is playing really well but still not able to produce the desired results. May be Montreal would be his gateway to make it big ? Who knows ? But he is now up against Roger against whom his record is not so encouraging. However, the silver lining for him is that he is a refreshed player highly motivated and playing on his own strengths. Should be a very interesting match with edge to Roger ofcourse. In all probability, we might see a Tsonga Vs Roger final in my opinion. But it is highly uncertain and that is what makes the Sport very interesting to watch and enjoy.


Hippy Chic Says:

Michael you seem to have changed your tune,only yesterday you were saying how lucky Andy was?….


Gordon Says:

Michael wrote,

“Well, forgive me if I am discourteous to Ferrer. But when Roger is facing ferrer, the result is always a foregone conclusion. At the moment, Roger is leading 15-0 and the silver lining for Ferrer is that he managed to take a way a set.”

There is a reason the players play these matches. One might have said Tsonga losing to Djokovic was a foregone conclusion, for prior to the 6-2, 6-2 beat down Tsonga handed Nole the other day Djokovic had won 23 of 27 sets and 11 straight matches when they stepped on court.

So really there are no givens. Look at when Ferrrer defeated Rafa in Monte Carlo this year, after Nadal had owned him for multiple matches.

Every so often there are surprises. That’s what makes the sport so much fun to watch.


Michael Says:

Gordon,

I agree. Nothing can be taken for granted. And ofcourse, Ferrer is a top Ten player and it would be really silly to discount him even if he is up against a top ranked player. Ferrer has also beaten top players in the past and it is no brainer that he should be treated with due respect that he deserves. But in the case of Federer Vs Ferrer, the H2H stands at 15-0 and worse still, Ferrer has not managed to take many sets off him. And so, this H2H looks overtly one sided. Granted that even then there is a chance of upset, and that is the reason they play. But the odds are against Ferrer when he meets Roger. His game just doesn’t suit him and the match up is terrible.


Michael Says:

Alison wrote :

Michael you seem to have changed your tune,only yesterday you were saying how lucky Andy was?

Where have I changed my tune Alison ? I said that Andy was unlucky in this specific context as things change with every match. Ofcourse, I did state earlier that Andy was lucky in a sense that he gets many walk overs. Infact, if one may recall, he won Cincinnati in 2012 with many walk overs. That is not the fault of Andy if his opponents are not fit to play against him. But just stating the obvious because not many get such privileges of constant walk overs.


calmdownplease Says:

Honestly, give it a rest dude.
Or come up with the evidence.
`constant walkovers`you say eh?
Name Them!
Unless by `constant` you mean 2 or 3 a year.
Don’t watch Federer but I am sure he gets a few himself.
And in this instance I think it is safe to say that this particular W/O did Andy NO favours whatsoever.


Michael Says:

I duly apologise if my statement has caused a few heartburns. I take back my statement which was not made with any bad intent to denigrate or despise Andy. I highly respect and regard him as a great player.


calmdownplease Says:

fine, you’re off the hook.
No heartburn here but i would have thought it rather obvious that it was causing some irritation.
All I asked for were examples of constant W/O’s
If you could produce them, I would accept it.
But here’s the thing,
they aren’t there ;)


skeezer Says:

Just saw they have Fed playing the last katch today. Good for him, at his age he needs the recovery time for sure. F- Lo has been a monster at the net, should be a cracker.

it will be interestng to see if Grigor can hold off the surging Tsonga. Can’t see anyone beating Tsonga this tourney, he is in mojo mode.


Michael Says:

Well, my memory just recollects the 2011 Cincinnati Masters and a couple of tournaments in its aftermath where I am not in a position to name them at the moment. Might be, I have wrongly used the word “constant” which is a little overstretched. But, we must never forget that many players were beneficiaries of walk overs in their career. So, just to name only Andy as lucky in that business is a tad unfair.


calmdownplease Says:

What, he had a W/O in 2011?!
He had a W/O in shanghai once in 2012 to you know.
Miami also that year (Nadal walked).
Constant is like weekly or monthly at best.
An radical overestimation on your part.
A `tad unfair` similarly, could well be described as an underestimation on your part in response.
To say the least
Lets face it, you are not on to a winner here!


Sean Randall Says:

I have to pick Federer tonight, though he hasn’t been that sharp. But Lopez I just don’t think has the winner mindset and Raonic should have won that match (speaking of winner mindset).

In the early match I’ll lean slightly to Tsonga. He’s the hotter guy after wins over Novak and Murray. While Grigor is just scraping by – and he shouldn’t have won yesterday either.

This will probably be Fed’s last chance to win again in Toronto (he’ll be 35 next time), so he better get it done now.

Regardless it will be a tough final for Roger if he gets there – he’ll be playing in the day after all these late night matches.


FedExpress Says:

After losing four finals (incl one GS final and two Masters finale which he could have won) he should make this one count to win a biggie at least

he deserves it after his near misses this year so far


calmdownplease Says:

Jo for the title.
I don’t care about Roger getting ANOTHER Toronto cup.
It would be nice if Tsonga got another masters, or even Lopez a first one.
And if he serves as well as he has been on this rather faster than usual court, he’s got a pretty good chance.
But it is pretty unusual for a player to beat Djokovic, Murray and Fed in the same tourney.


calmdownplease Says:

Dimitrov has been hanging on for dear life.
Not the best sign that he will prevail.


Hippy Chic Says:

Michael@12.51am sorry i left some feed back to your post on the Cincy draw thread,which was a mistake….


jane Says:

tsonga might give his break back. dimitrov has some boisterous fans in toronto; i noticed it last match too. looks hot today again.


jane Says:

nope – he hold on and takes set 1.

asked this yesterday but still wondering… does tsonga have a coach? if not, who’s that bearded dude they always show in his box?


calmdownplease Says:

there’s a lot of choking going on in this tournament
Nice match overall however, very brisk.


calmdownplease Says:

thank goodness for the serve and the speed of the court
his sole masters win was in (or should i say on)
Paris.


jane Says:

tsonga’s playing really well, especially the serve and protecting his serve.


jane Says:

now dimitrov has made a number of errors for love-40. tsonga chips and charges and breaks. now up a set and a break. he’s going to be hard to stop.


calmdownplease Says:

Tsonga looks pretty unstressed and clinical and determined
I just dont think Dimi has much to trouble him Today
Dimi’s fans have a `serb` vibe to them.


calmdownplease Says:

he could run away with it now
it’s good practice against fed too ;)


jane Says:

arrgh ^ don’t like that stereotyping of fans cdp. : / cypriot fans can be boisterous. so can australian and swiss. so can british and american. even canadians. sigh…

but agree about tsonga. he looks unflappable. i think he will be a handful even for fed, and i am sort of assuming that fed will beat f-lo.


jane Says:

i actually think nole playing dimitrov before fed at wimbledon might’ve been a boon. like you say, good prep.


Daniel Says:

Dimi collapsimg now.


calmdownplease Says:

@jane
it wasn’t meant negatively!
Grigor hanging on, again.


jane Says:

cdp, no problemo. but just sayin. :)

be interesting to see what’ll happen now; that dimitrov hold spiced things up a little bit. though he continues to make some bad errors and shot selections.


calmdownplease Says:

They should be proud of Grigor,
I wish we Brits felt the same about Andy (we dont really apart from maybe the Scots)
I just don’t think Grigor is keeping up with Jo, its too relentless and even Andy had issues with that serve.
I think the surface favours Tsonga over Fed should they meet, and i suppose helps Lopez too who might not have made it to his 3rd semi on a slower Toronto surface.


jane Says:

i always thought the canadian masters wasn’t that fast. more medium. it’s cincy that’s always been touted as fast. maybe they changed the court or maybe it’s the conditions. it seems like it’s been really clear and hot this year.


FedExpress Says:

tsonga turining into tsongerer mode with his one handing backhands

dimitrov disappointing, tired

fed on the other fit as ever with his 33 years age


jane Says:

when is the final played? that might be a factor because this side of the draw played all their matches in the day, warmer weather, whereas the other side seemed to play mainly night matches. i wonder if that’ll be a factor?

congrats to jo – three big wins in a row.


FedExpress Says:

tsonga into the final

he beat nole, murray and dimitrov along the road, all top 10 players

worthy finalist


FedExpress Says:

@jane
day session

disadvntage for fed and lopez, not only because the conditios are different and new for them to adapt but less recovery time also


jane Says:

i was thinking it’s probably faster in the day fedexpress, so yes, it might be a boon for tsonga if the final is in the day too.


calmdownplease Says:

Its played in the day and it will probably be a factor.
If Tsonga does win tomorrow it surely must be the best win of his career.


calmdownplease Says:

first serve only @ 47%
didn’t feel that way at all.


calmdownplease Says:

probably because he won 63% on his 2nd


jane Says:

it kind of reminds of tsonga’s steamroll through the draw way back in 2008 when he reached the finals of the australian. nole won but it was super close, with a 4th set tiebreak. also his 2011 wimbledon run was special too. in those cases he didn’t end up winning the event so yes, if he can, in the end, consolidate these wins, it’ll be his finest performance overall probably. and suddenly he’ll be a real factor for the us open.


Hippy Chic Says:

Great week for lovely Jo,i hope he wins the title,if he doesnt hes been the tournies star this week,would love for him to be a late bloomer and win a GS….


jane Says:

jo is the only one to beat nole, murray, fed and nadal at a slam.

delpo hasn’t beaten nole or murray. stan hasn’t beaten fed. berdych hasn’t beaten nadal. and so on.

thus, in a way it would seem well and good if one day jo won a slam.


RZ Says:

It’s nice when Tsongas decides to play well. I just wish he would do it on a more regular basis!


RZ Says:

^sorry Tsonga


TennisFan Says:

Saw the match between Raonic and Lopez last night live from courtside seats and Raonic actually broke Lopez in the critical last seat on a double fault but the call was missed. you could tell that Raonic momentarily thought about stopping play but after he got the ball back he played it out eventually losing that point and a very critical game.

But Raonic was not on last night and subsequently lost the match … but I think it could have played out differently very, very easily.


Wog boy Says:

“But Raonic was not on last night and subsequently lost the match …”

Raonic was not on from the very first match in Toronto, Jack Sock should have won the first match, Benneteau match wasn’t any better and he couldn’t scrap through for the third time in a row.


Michael Says:

What, he had a W/O in 2011?!
He had a W/O in shanghai once in 2012 to you know.
Miami also that year (Nadal walked).
Constant is like weekly or monthly at best.
An radical overestimation on your part.
A `tad unfair` similarly, could well be described as an underestimation on your part in response.
To say the least
Lets face it, you are not on to a winner here!

Well, Andy came to the finals at Cincinnati with many walk overs in his earlier matches and even at the finals too, he beat a Physically burnt Novak who was exhausted after a sequence of consecutive victories where he played every final in nearly most tournaments that he participated. 2011 was a remarkable and extraordinary year for Novak in a sense and was a turning point in his overall career. Andy was a little bit lucky that he met a fatigued Novak. I offer no excuses here for Novak’s defeat and just say the obvious. My reasoning always has been that it is not the fault of a victor when his opponent is not fit and it cannot be offered as an excuse. So, I just maintain the same reasoning here too. But I am only offering my explanation as to how Andy got lucky there. Similarly, in two or even more tournaments, Andy got the benefit of walk overs and so I just got that impression that he was lucky in a sense. It was just my perception and reasoning based on some factual data. Ofcourse, I have already apologised for overstating it and if you think I am vanquished here, well you then enjoy those moments. I give you all the liberty.


Michael Says:

Coming to the semi-finals, Tsonga is literally breathing fire and is the man to beat in this tournament. He certainly has the edge considering the blistering form he is in at the moment. He just ran away with the match against Dmitrov and beat Novak and Andy along the way back to back, which is remarkable and doesn’t happen often. So, he stands as the huge favourite against Roger who won his match against a lacklustre Lopez who was just shanking the balls all over and even his main weapon his swinging serve lost balance and he was clocking an awful 37% first serve percentage which just cannot win you a match. He was looking shaky in his second serve too and made numerous double faults. It just doesn’t cease to amuse me as to how soon you come to your wits end despite a brilliant showing in a sequence of matches. Lopez showed to the World as to why he is ranked lower despite his enormous talent ?


Michael Says:

Roger Vs Tsonga – Well Tsonga has the definite edge but you never know with him as he is erratic. So, there is all to expect in this match which makes it interesting. Tsonga can win it in straight sets and also can lose it with the same scoreline. You can never say ? The match is in his hands literally as he holds the brute power to determine the outcome of this match. Let us see what is in store ?


ertorque Says:

Yes Michael I also think Tsonga has the edge given his power and athleticism. Their H2H shows Tsonga winning 4 times in 15 meetings of which 1 is a walkover and 2 in MONTREAL! I’ll be rooting for Fed nevertheless.


Michael Says:

ertorque,

Thanks for your agreement. Although I am an avid fan of Roger, I would like Tsonga to win this one just because this man is down in the dumps despite all his talents and this is the tournament where he is resurrecting himself. A win at Montreal would boost his self confidence and he belongs to the top league. Oflate he is showing signs of a decline and he has not got the right opening. Having beaten Andy, Novak and then Dmitrov, he deserves to win this tournament. Roger has nothing more to prove. He has already engraved his name in the pantheon of Greats. So, winning this one just adds to his numbers and doesn’t make a big difference. Although it would be a bit depressing for Roger too to lose in many finals in a trot, yet you cannot help it. There can be only one winner. But my sympathies are with Tsonga who has just won only one Master series title in his whole career surprisingly certainly deserves more. May be Montreal is his way to the top. Let us just watch the fun and the deserving win.


ertorque Says:

Michael, your reasons of wanting Tsonga to win shows kindness and in a way fairness in you. I must say they are good and valid points. Being a Fed fan, I still would like to see him win for the simple reason that this is likely to be his last major/master win. In spite of what you’ve said, Tsonga is ‘only’ 29 and has a least 2 or 3 more years ahead of him. Let Fed has his last hurrah. I know I am a bit ‘greedy’ here but if Fed could win 1 more GS, I would be contented. Period. No more worrying about the outcome. When that happens, he would REALLY have nothing left to proof to the tennis world.
In any case, may the best player wins tomorrow.


Daniel Says:

This is a match Fed HAS to win. Third Masters final of his season and he is already 0-2 and also lost another finallast year in Rome to Nadal, meaning he lost his last 3 Masters finals and this time he doesn’t get a player seeded higher than him who he gets a great record. Stoll thonk Tsonga is up for a “bad match” this tourney and think will be tomorrow. Will see.
cheering for Fed, consolation prize after Wimby.
But regardless his tird final in a row, Halle, Wimby and here. And netx are two tourneys which favours his game the most where he won 5 times on each: Cincy and US Open


Angel Says:

Hope Fed wins, Good luck Roger.


Michael Says:

ertorque,

You say Tsonga is only 29 and he has still two or three good years ahead of him. But I am skeptical about it considering that you never know what will happen tomorrow ? When you have the opportunity, you have to make maximum use of it. See the fate of players like Del Potro, Soderling who have been robbed of their career by injuries. And the worst thing that can happen to any Sportsman is being denied the privilege to contest by Nature’s design. As I said, the outcome of this match is not going to make a big difference to the legendary status of Roger which is here to stay till Tennis exists as a Sport. Even after his retirement, his name would sprout up now and then whenever a future Champion goes on to create records. And that is how deep his name, fame and brand has entrenched in Tennis. However I understand that as a Fan, you want him to win more. That is quite natural. But human nature would never be satisfied even if say Roger goes on to win another major or Master series title. It would just yearn for more and more. That is something, you can never rectify unless one becomes a Buddha. Your contention that Roger needs one more major to cement his position is misplaced. He has already done enough to secure his position in the legion of Greats. He just doesn’t need any more to bolster his profile.


van orten Says:

Tsonga has the edge.. ?he is the player to beat ?? Wow some never learn when it comes down to fed…


Giles Says:

Rafa being out of a tourney seems to give fed that extra motivation. Right?


skeezer Says:

Motivation? His motivation is he just still loves to play Tennis. And now…..Its all gravy baby.
Rafa is a non item atm. When he can get back on the court, then yall can start yappin again.

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