Roger Federer dropped his fourth straight Masters 1000 final yesterday losing to Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the finals of the Rogers Cup Toronto 75, 76.
Federer, who had beaten Tsonga 11 of 15 times and had won two previous Canadian titles, was never in the match which was his first day contest of the event.
“I think it was the overall day conditions that were tough for me. It was faster than in the night, all my previous matches, so I think the turnaround was tough,” Federer said. “I definitely think Jo served well, and when he does serve well it’s always going to be hard.
“Today was just difficult in terms of rhythm from the baseline, so it was like a new tournament for me today.No excuses. I think he played really solid and well when he had to, and like you mentioned, I think he served well overall, which was key for him.”
Despite the poor result in the final, Federer is pleased where his game is at heading into New York.
“I’m overall pretty happy that I made the finals in my first tournament back on hard courts,” He said. “Had a few tough matches which clearly gave me a lot of information. I know what I need to work on the next few days and next few weeks.
“I go away from this feeling good about my chances next week and also at the US Open and for the rest of the season. It’s another good tournament for me, which I’m happy about.”
Federer added that someday Tsonga could be a Grand Slam champion.
“He’s a big confidence player,” he said of Tsonga. “He can beat top 10 guys, you know. He did four of them this week. Sometimes I think it’s hard to do throughout the year, and then to do four of it in the same week is going to give him sky‑high confidence.
“I think that’s how he needs to feel to win Grand Slams.”
Federer then summed up his loss jokingly saying, “It was just a shitty day.”
Federer will be in Cincinnati this week before returning to the US Open.
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