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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