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Tsonga tops Federer at Rogers Cup

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POSTED August 10, 2014 9:02 p.m.

TORONTO (AP) — Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won the Rogers Cup on Sunday, beating second-seeded Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6 (3) for his fourth straight victory over a higher-seeded opponent.

The 13th-seeded Frenchman won his first ATP Tour title of the season and 11th overall. He beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic on Thursday, eighth-seeded Andy Murray on Friday and seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov on Saturday.

“I think for me it’s going to be a new motivation because just last year I always lost against those guys and it was really frustrating for me,” he said. “Then today a win against (Federer), it’s good for me, it’s good for my ambition and it’s good for my career.”

Tsonga improved to 5-11 against Federer.

“I’m working hard, my motivation came back,” said Tsonga, who has battled knee problems over the last two years. “I want to win, I want to play my best tennis on the court. And it happened today.”

Federer dropped to 2-5 in finals this season, with his victories coming in Dubai and Halle. The Swiss star made several uncharacteristic errors and had a hard time with Tsonga’s powerful serve and ground strokes.

“I fought, I mixed it up and I was hoping to sort of sneak in a set and then maybe he would get a bit nervous or maybe would play a bad game,” Federer said.

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