Federer cruises into Rogers final, to meet Tsonga

Sun Aug 10, 2014 2:23am EDT
 
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By Steve Keating

TORONTO (Reuters) - Roger Federer eased into the final of the Rogers Cup with a 6-3 6-4 win over Spain's Feliciano Lopez on Saturday, putting the Swiss maestro on the brink of a landmark 80th career title.

Standing between Federer and another trophy is Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who claimed his third straight upset by dispatching seventh-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-3.

After knocking off world number one Novak Djokovic in the third round, twice champion Andy Murray in the quarters and Dimitrov in the semi-finals, the powerful Frenchman will need to produce one more upset to deny Federer a third Canadian title.

It will be Federer's 120th career final while Tsonga will be playing for a title for the 20th time.

Federer said Tsonga would be on a high after his series of upsets in Toronto.

"I think it was a matter of time that he got it all together again, especially in terms of confidence," said the second seeded Swiss, who is looking for his third title of the season.

"So for him to beat Murray and Djokovic... it's a really good effort for him and it's going to give him loads of confidence going into the finals.

"He just can overpower guys, serve up a storm and then play really aggressive with his forehand and also be solid in his backhand.   Continued...

 
Aug 9, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Roger Federer (SUI) returns a shot against Feliciano Lopez (ESP) on day six of the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Rexall Centre. Federer won 6-3 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports - RTR41U11