With the favourites falling by the wayside, Roger Federer (Switzerland) is one of the top seeds left to battle it out for the 2014 Rogers Cup title in Toronto, Canada. Opposite him in the championship round is 13th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France), who delivered three consecutive upset victories in the quarterfinals and semifinals for the right to take on the former world number one.
Courtesy of excellent play from the Tsonga, top seed Novak Djokovic (Serbia) was booted out in the Round of 16 (6-2, 6-2) and eighth seed Andy Murray (Great Britain) was eliminated in the quarterfinals (7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4) The Frenchman then took care of rising star in Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals (6-4, 6-3)
Meanwhile, Federer played true to form as the second seed beating the likes of fifth seed David Ferrer (Spain), 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the quarters and Feliciano Lopez (Spain), 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinals.
Federer has dominated Tsonga in head-to-head matches winning 11 of 15 meetings in their career.
Federer vs. Tsonga Last 5 Meetings (Federer leads Tsonga, 3-2)
Federer def. Tsonga, 2-6, 7-6 (6), 6-1 (2014 ATP World Tour Masters Monte Carlo Quarterfinals) Federer def. Tsonga, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 (2014 Australian Open Round of 16) Tsonga def. Federer, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 (2014 French Open Quarterfinals) Federer def. Tsonga, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3 (2014 Australian Open Quarterfinals) Tsonga def. Federer, walkover (2014 Qatar Open Semifinals)
Federer has already won two Rogers Cup title in the past but that way back in 2004 and 2006 while Tsonga is aiming for his first ever title in the ATP 1000 tournament in Toronto after reaching the semifinals in 2009 and 2011.
Tsonga is confident of his chances against Federer too.
"I'm feeling good. I have been waiting for this moment for a couple of years now,” declared Tsonga via the ATP’s official Web site. "It's good because I have always believed in myself during all these years. It will for sure make me stronger and keep my motivation at the highest level."
As expected, Federer is favoured in the betting lines as the Swiss is priced at 1.38 to win the match as compared to Tsonga’s 2.87. Federer is also pegged at -2.5 games in the game handicap betting odds.