Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has done it! He completed straight-set win 7 – 5, 7 – 6 against Roger Federer to cap a match to the Rogers Cup title on Sunday.
It has been one win after the other. He took out the No 7 seed Grigor Dimitrov in the semis, knocked off twice champion and No 8 seed Andy Murray in the quarters, and finally thrashed the world No 1 Novak Djokovic in the third round.
He claimed the biggest scalp of all and denied the 17-time slam winner Federer an 80th career title.
After beating his challenger, Roger Federer at the Rexall Centre, he looked so exited and seemed not to know what to say but only to grin.
“I don’t know what to say, it’s amazing to be here in front of you guys. Anyway, thank you for everything and this will stay in my mind forever,” is all he had to say in his on-court speech.
What is so exiting about this win? First is because this is only his second ATP Masters 1000 title of his career, secondly, he is the first Frenchman to win the Rogers Cup since its inception in 1881, and lastly because he beat three of the big four names in tennis.
The one who was left was Rafael Nadal who did not participate due to a wrist injury.
The reigning U.S. Open champion, Rafael Nadal, hurt his wrist during a training session in Manacor. This made him to miss the Masters 1000 tournament and also the Western and Southern Open currently going on in Cincinnati, U.S. but he is expected at the U.S. Open that kicks off on August 25.
Though this is still a speculation since he has to see his doctors in Barcelona Tuesday for final examination on his right wrist where there was a slight fracture. It is his doctors who will have to give him the green light.
By Jo-Wilfried Tsonga having a shot at Rafael Nadal there could have been more excitement.
And Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s win over Roger Federer blew the lid off the already open U.S. Open.
What was expected to be a two-man contest between Rafael Nadal and Djokovic has now developed into a question mark. It is now open for all. Names like Milos Raonic, Dimotrove and Stan Wawrinka are now being peddled as possible winners including Jo-Wilfried Tsonga himself and even Rafael Nadal in case he will be fit to play.
Another question is; suppose Rafael Nadal is cleared to play, will he be at his best given that he will not have enough time to practice.
Rafael Nadal himself had complained about the shortage of time. “If I have the chance to compete, then obviously I am going to make an effort, but we have to realize that we only have a week and a half and that does not leave a lot of time and I can’t play if I can’t hit a backhand,” Rafael Nadal had said.
Federer admitted that Tsonga deserved the title. “He beat some amazing players on the way,” Federer said.