Tsonga, Radwanska Flip Upsets for Rogers Cup Titles

by Staff | August 10th, 2014, 10:43 pm

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Aggie Radwanska became the unlikely winners of the Rogers Cup in Canada with wins in the men’s and women’s championship matches on Sunday.
Tsonga upset No. 2 seed Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6(3), while Radwanska beat unseeded former No. 1 Venus Williams 6-4, 6-2.

Tsonga ended an 18-month title drought, becoming the first Frenchman to win on Canadian soil, and will return to the Top 10 on the ATP Rankings.

“I played well all week,” the Frenchman said. “I beat many good guys. It’s a big achievement because I worked really hard to come back from my knee injury last year.”

Tsonga beat four Top 10 opponents in four days: World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, No. 9 Andy Murray, No. 8 Grigor Dimitrov and the No. 2 Federer.

The 33-year-old Federer fell to 2-5 in finals this year and 79-41 career.

“Today was just difficult in terms of rhythm from the baseline, so it was like a new tournament for me,” Federer said. “No excuses. I think he played really solid and well when he had to and I think he served well overall, which was key for him.”

Venus Williams was unable to follow up on her victory over world No. 1 sister Serena on Saturday, her first win over a world No. 1 in five years.

Radwanska jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first set, with Williams breaking back, and did the same in the second set, recovering from an early break down, before the Pole ran away with the final four games of the match.

“Venus, I just want to say great match — not just today, but it was a whole week of great tennis,” Radwanska said. “And I had a really amazing week this week too. I’ve been playing here for years, a couple of times I made the semifinals, and I kept trying and trying, and now I’ve finally done it. I’ve always liked Canada, but now I think I just love Canada.”

Radwanska improved her head-to-head against Venus to 4-5.

“I have to congratulate Agnieszka on a wonderful tournament and a wonderful final,” Venus said. “I can’t wait until we play again — I’m sure that will be many, many times in the future.”

It was Radwanska’s first WTA title of the year, and the 14th title of her career.

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9 Comments for Tsonga, Radwanska Flip Upsets for Rogers Cup Titles

Michael Says:

My heartiest congratulations to Tsonga. He truly deserved this victory and when he kissed that trophy it only showed as to how much be valued this. And what makes it so special is that it is coming after much toil and struggle on Court waiting all these years to seize this moment. And finally he had it. Beating Novak, Andy, Dmitrov and then Roger back-to-back is something extraordinary and Tsonga has demonstrated that he is a player with much substance. I am sure this victory would give him a major fillip ahead of Cincinnati as well as the US Open where he would be a force to reckon with.

Michael Says:

And I very much sympathize for Roger who is making so much finals but not able to convert them to victories as he did in his hey days. And this was another final where nothing seems to be working except his net play. In a not so quality match where both players were playing much below par, Roger was clearly struggling for rythm and balance on the court. May be, his earlier matches being scheduled during nights did unsettle him as this match was played with warm sunshine. But no excuses over there because a player must adjust to situations, more so Roger who is very much experienced in adapting his play to suit the environment. Tsonga was just outclassing him from the back of the court not so much due to his tactical brilliance but more so due to Roger’s shanking of shots at will. Roger made an uncharacteristic 34 unforced errors which definitely will not win you a match and it was evident that he was quite upset with the way he played giving Tsonga much leeway to exploit him. Even the return of serves by Roger was poor considering his ability and he was just not reading the ball on court. And there you have, another final for Roger where he is losing. Nevertheless, I appreciate the way he took the defeat in his stride and was sportive enough encouraging Tsonga to enjoy his moments. He knows as to how much Tsonga felt in that moment considering that he has been in such situations time and again.

metan Says:

Michael your posts is always catched my eyes and is pleased to read. I am so happy he got it. CONGRATULATION FOR STONGA.

And Re: Roger, I think we all just be happy that he is still playing, we can’t expect him to win whenever he is in the final of each tour he enters It is to tough for him, but I guess factor luck also plays apart. See What he can do next.

Michael Says:

Thank you Metan. It is pleasing to interact with you after a while. I could’nt see you posting in the forum for quite some time and we all missed you.

Ofcourse Roger is not only playing against his opponents. He is also playing against his age. But so many finals without a productive result would disappoint and despair any player, more so Roger who is always in the habit of winning in his hey days. He was almost addicted to winning and really he hated losing. May be it is now pay back time, where roles have interchanged and Roger has to live with the new experience of being at the receiving end of the vanquished. That is how natural justice plays out in a way levelling things.

FedExpress Says:

this year feels more depressing than last year. at least he didnt lose that many finals. to win only 2 from 7 finals is staggering.

had he won 2 of the three master finals and the GS how could a season he would have

very depressing

Nirmal Kumar Says:

This is much easier loss to take for Roger. It was obvious that he is going to be left with very less in the tank for the finals. Masters are tough physically and once you get into long 2 hr matches during our 4th round or quarters, you start in a big disadvantage in the finals when facing with young legs.

That’s what has happened to Roger y’day. Both the long matches he had in earlier stages and the change from night match to day match with very little time has affected his play. Though Roger has not given any excuse, based on his reaction looks like he pretty much knew the disadvantage he had in the finals.

It makes lot of sense to have an off day in the masters after the semis. It’s brutal to play 4 days of continuous tennis that too on HC’s with conditions changing on each day.

SG1 Says:

Good tournament for both Federer and Tsonga. Question is, can Tsonga leverage the confidence and make another slam run at the USO. He’s always had the game (though his style isn’t particularly interesting to me).

I do think that Federer was likely feeling the effects of too many matches too close together. He also played the late semi-final. He’ll be better rested at the USO where the match spacing is a little more favorable for him.

SG1 Says:

Kind of a pathetic story about the WTA Montreal tournament:

Went to the tournament yesterday and tried to buy some general admission tickets so I could walk the grounds, look at the tennis rackets, shoes etc. and watch the final match on the Jumbo-tron. I never had any expectation of getting into the stadium court. When I got to ticket desk, the person selling the tickets refused to sell me a General Admission ticket because the “the final was not sold out”. I left the ticket outlet feeling a little frustrated.

As I’m leaving, a lady offered me her ticket to get in because she wasn’t feeling well (super nice of her to do this and I hope she feels better). I tried to use her ticket get in. The idiot who I handed the ticket to swiped the ticket and started giving me the fifth degree. “What time did you get here?” an “What entrance did you come in from?” and “Why don’t you have a stamp on your hand?” I did tell them I bought the tickets because there isn’t any reason it should make a difference. They didn’t believe me because I didn’t have the right answers. I mean…who really cares if someone gave me the tickets or I bought them.

No general admission ticks and a whole lot of crappy attitude from people who don’t know thing one about customer service. I could have easily bought a pair of tennis shoes or shorts at one of the booths. The WTA should be ashamed of themselves to allow this kind of service. Anyone else have this kind crappy experience?

SG1 Says:

All the while, the tournament brags about record attendance. What a bunch of marketing smoke.

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