France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Switzerland's Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) in the Rogers Cup final over the weekend in Toronto, winning his first Masters 1000 title since 2008 and powering his way into the ATP's top 10.
The 29-year-old Tsonga, who defeated world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, world No. 9 Andy Murray and world No. 8 Grigor Dimitrov on his way to the final, relied on his serve and forehand to beat Federer, who started misfiring late in the first set and was never able to make the adjustments he needed to stay in the match.
"I feel good," Tsonga said. "I think for the moment I don't realize really what I achieved this week, but it's a big achievement for me."
Tsonga, who entered the match with a 4-11 career head-to-head record against Federer, had not won a Masters 1000 title since Paris six years ago.
"It's completely different than before, when I won in Paris. In Paris, it was the first one, behind my family, all my friends, everybody. Here I just did it with my level, with my game. I played well all week. 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 said.
The win helped Tsonga move into the No. 10 spot in the ATP rankings released on Monday.
The 33-year-old Federer, who has won a record 17 Grand Slam titles, was seeking his third title in Toronto, where he won the Rogers Cup in 2004 and 2006.
The Rogers Cup is the sixth of nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events and one of the biggest hard-court tournaments on the men's tennis calendar.
On the women's side, Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska rolled over American Venus Williams 6-4, 6-2 in the Rogers Cup women's final in Montreal.
The Rogers Cup is one of the main tune-up evnts for the U.S. Open, the most prestigious hard-court event in tennis, which gets underway on Aug. 25. EFE