It was an unthinkable but dreamed week that Jo-Wilfried Tsonga lived in Toronto 2014. The Frenchman beat Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6 (3) and won the Canadian Open but before he drew a luxury draw.
The Frenchman became the first from his country to win this tournament, since its creation in 1881, but his greatest achievement, moreover, was something that had not happened since Toronto 2002: Argentine Guillermo Cañas had been the last to add four wins against players. Top 10 in the same Masters 1000.
The Tsonga thing was more striking since, until that week, his record for the year against the select group was 0-7. This time, he could with Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Grigor Dimitrov and Roger Federer, of course. From yapa, he returned to world No. 10 for the first time since August 2011.
The Helvetian, meanwhile, was going for his 300th Masters 1000 triumph and 22nd title in this type of tournament. Also, in his 120th finish on the circuit, he wanted his 80th ATP crown.
On the way to the final, the Swiss knew how to beat Feliciano López, David Ferrer, Marin Cilic and Peter Polansky. It was his third Masters 1000 finish in 2014, after falling in the Monte Carlo and Indian Wells finals. This time, it was Tsonga who stifled his cry.
“All week I played very well. I beat a lot of great players with whom last year I had lost almost always. And it was really frustrating. What changed? Unfortunately there is no secret. People must believe that everything happens for a blow, but behind that there is a lot of work. Several months ago I expected this moment, to reach my best level. Maybe I did not expect it to give this result so quickly. But it happened like that and it is very good for me, “he said after that final. six years.
“When you decide to be a tennis player you know that there is no mountain that you cannot climb to the top. Then you continue to believe. Even if people around you tell you that you are not capable of achieving it, you trust. And when you he believes in something, sometimes he makes it possible “, Tsonga made it possible.