Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: I Want To Win And This Gives Me A Lot Of Hope For The Rest Of The Year
by Tom Gainey | August 11th, 2014, 1:26 pm

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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6 Comments for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: I Want To Win And This Gives Me A Lot Of Hope For The Rest Of The Year

Ben Pronin Says:

Nadal pulls out of the event and everyone wonders “will Djokovic extend his lead in the ranking? Will Federer take advantage of not having Nadal? Same for Murray?”

And the answer is no, kinda, and no. Instead, it’s Tsonga who plays the best tennis of the week by a good amount. He beat 4 top 10 players to win a Masters event. That is just phenomenal stuff. This is basically his first good tournament in well over a year. Let’s see if he can build on the momentum.

Giles Says:

IMO fed along with Tsonga will make early exits in Cincy after their heroics last week. These are back to back tourneys, not easy to sustain the same level going into the second week. Let’s see.

RZ Says:

I like seeing Tsonga play well but will he keep it up? I hope so but I’m not holding my breath. He’s been too inconsistent in the past.

Wog boy Says:

” Let’s see if he can build on the momentum.”

I hope not, not in Cincinnati…please.:)

Michael Says:

Now with this spectacular win, the question in everybody’s mind is whether Tsonga has finally come of age and realized his potential ? Throughout his career, he was a player who was promising much but delivering little. What was ailing him was his erratic play with a show of brilliance one day and mediocricity the next. The way he demolished Rafa at the Australian Open 2008 is seen to be believed. Infact Rafa was not playing badly, but he was just swept away by the Tsonga Tsunami. Similarly in this tournament, he delivered the knock out punch to Novak who was coming with a major win behind him and oozing with confidence coupled with a joyous mood of marrying recently. This Montreal win has sealed him atleast inside the top ten. Now with Cincinnnati and US open following back-to-back, Tsonga will be highly motivated and raring to go the full distance. His only major final was in 2008 and may be 2014 would be the year in which he might repeat that story. Specially in indoor courts, Tsonga would be more lethal and I think his best performance would probably come at the World Tour finals.

Giles Says:

When I predicted an early exit for Jo, I did not anticipate it was going to be this early.

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