Tsonga, Radwanska Excel In Rogers Cup

hernandezJo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Roger Federer in straight sets to win the Rogers Cup for the first time.

The Frenchman, who recorded impressive wins over Andy Murray and Grigor Dimitrov in the previous rounds, won 7-5 7-6 (7-3) in Toronto.

The first set went with serve until former world number one Federer went long on Tsonga’s first break point.

Federer saved a championship point before Tsonga, 29, claimed his second ATP Masters 1000 title.

The Frenchman’s powerful display against the 17-time Grand Slam winner capped a fine few days in Canada that also saw him down Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, as well as Murray and Dimitrov.

Federer said Tsonga “deserved this title”, adding “he beat some amazing players on the way”.

Tsonga said: “If you believe in something it can happen. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved this week.”

Despite Tsonga winning 93% of points on his first serve, Federer clung on on the first set, and was 30-0 up on Tsonga’s service at 5-5.

But the world number 15 fought back, and after a Federer challenge was overruled at 30-30 in the next game, Tsonga took the set at the first opportunity when the 33-year-old Swiss sent a forehand a long way out.

Agnieszka Radwanska swept aside Venus Williams to win the women’s singles title at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. The Pole won 6-4 6-2 in 82 minutes to clinch her 14th WTA title.

“I really had an amazing week,” said Radwanska, 25, who defeated Victoria Azarenka and Ekaterina Makarova on her run to the final.

The win gives Radwanska her first tournament victory of 2014 and will be a boost for the world number five ahead of the US Open later this month. — BBC

Radwanska took control of the match early on against an erratic Williams, racing into a 4-1 lead and holding her nerve to close out the first set.

And Williams, who defeated her sister Serena in a three-set semi-final on Saturday, was no match for the energetic Pole in a one-sided second set.

Despite the defeat, Williams, who is expected to return to the top 20 in the world rankings, refused to be downbeat about her performance.-BBC

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