Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had a resurgent week at the Rogers Cup in Toronto and after a 7-5 7-6 victory over Roger Federer, will return to the top 10 for the first time since March. The title in Toronto the second career masters title for the charismatic Frenchman and his first title overall of the 2014 campaign.
Tsonga beat four of the top 10 this week posting big wins over Novak Djokovic in straights, Andy Murray in 3 sets and Grigor Dimitrov in straights in consecutive matches to reach the final. He also beat Jeremy Chardy and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the second and first rounds respectively. After being in a noticeable decline all season, a return to elite quality for Tsonga comes as a surprise and throws a wrench in what many fans and pundits thought about him and his game as of late. Tsonga has struggled to stay healthy, but he clearly has talent and he could pose a dangerous threat at the US Open in a couple of weeks. He looked fresh and his forehand and serve were clicking as he moved his opponents well to win matches, he truly was a dominant virile player this week, and his play was a throwback to his earlier promise.
Federer also had a strong week, even though he’ll be disappointed by his play in the final, He reached his third masters final of the season (0-3 record now) with wins over Peter Polansky in straights, Marin Cilic in 3 sets, David Ferrer in 3 sets and Feliciano Lopez, a surprise semifinalist in straight sets. Fed does not appear to be ready to fall out of the top 5 anytime soon and he hit circles around most of his opponents this week, along with showing superior mental fortitude and shot selection.
Alex Peya and Bruno Soares beat the renewed team of Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo to win the doubles title this week.
—Steen Kirby, Tennis East Coast