TORONTO - It has been one heck of a week for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He has taken down three Top-10 players already and on Sunday, he will look to make it four as the Frenchman looks to win his first Rogers Cup title. But it will not be easy as he will be up against No. 2 Roger Federer.
In Saturday's semi-final, Tsonga made relatively short work of No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov, beating him 6-4, 6-3. Federer also had a straight-sets victory in his semi-final in the evening, defeating unseeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-3, 6-4.
While Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is riding a wave of momentum this week, he is only 4-11 lifetime versus Federer. Despite his record, Tsonga did admit that he would prefer to play the 17-time Grand Slam winner.
"When you play against Roger, it's always special," Tsonga said. "First, because you play in a big area, in a big stadium anyway. And every time the crowd is for him, so it's quite a good sensation.
"It's quite a good feeling when you win against 10,000 people," a smiling Tsonga added.
While he does have a losing record against Federer, Tsonga did defeat the Swiss star twice at the Rogers Cup: 2009 and 2011, both in Montreal.
Federer, who just turned 33 on Friday had no problems in his semi-final with the aforementioned Feliciano Lopez.
"I think I served well, I was aggressive and I was able to really play the way I wanted to play tonight," Federer said. "I'm very happy."
Will Federer add to his 2006 Rogers Cup or will Tsonga complete his week of upsets in grand fashion? We will just have to see what Sunday has in store.