Jo-Wilfried Tsonga says that after a lot of hard work, fighting through injuries, he back. And how can argue after the Frenchman upset four Top 10 players en route to the Canadian Open title yesterday in Toronto.
Speaking after a 75, 76 win over Roger Federer, his third over the Swiss in Canada, Tsonga spoke of what his second career Masters 1000 title meant.
“I don’t realize really what I achieved this week,” Tsonga said. “I played well all this week. I beat many good guys. You know, it’s a big achievement because I worked really hard to come back from my knee injury last year.
“At the Australian I still had problem with my knees, but I was playing pretty good,” he added. “Roger did just a great match. But I this tournament I was stronger. Since couple of weeks now I’m playing better and better. I played pretty good in Roland Garros. Then I played good also in Wimbledon. Today I think I’m a better player.”
Tsonga, who now has 11 career titles but never a Grand Slams, says the win sets him up for what he hopes is a big stretch run.
“This win give me a lot of hope for the rest of the year, of course,” he said. “But I will continue to do my work like I did last couple of months, and I hope I will continue to win.
“I’m working hard. My motivation came back. You know, I want to win. I want to play my best tennis on the court. And it happened today, but it’s a lot of work behind this.”
The 29-year-old Tsonga opens up in Cincinnati tomorrow against Mikhail Youzhny.
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