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Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to face-off in Toronto final

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Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga advanced through to the final of the Rogers Cup after both recorded comprehensive semi-final wins over Feliciano Lopez and Grigor Dimitrov respectively, at the Rexall Centre in Toronto.

The Swiss legend, showing some of his best form in recent years, needed little time in recording a 6-3, 6-4, over Spaniard Lopez, serving up 13-aces on his way to a fifth final appearance at the coveted Masters Series event, one of the traditional warm-up events to the final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open.

Federer a titlist in 2004 and 2006 when he beat Andy Roddick and Richard Gasquet respectively, has also been to the final in 2007 when he lost to Novak Djokovic and 2010 when he was downed by Andy Murray.

Resurgent form

The 33-year-old, winner of 17 Grand Slam titles, has been in resurgent form this season under the watchful eye of Stefan Edberg, with titles in Dubai and Halle.

Federer has also made final appearances in Brisbane, Wimbledon and Indian Wells, suggesting their is more to come during the North American hard-court season, a surface he has won 53 titles on.

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The brilliant Swiss has already picked up 21 ATP Masters titles, and on Sunday he will be hoping to win an 80th ATP title in his 120th final appearance.

After easing past Lopez, a confident Federer told the media: "I think I played extremely well in the first set and was able to make Feliciano probably over-serve and over-hit a little bit and make him feel the pressure from the baseline."

"Second set probably wasn't as good in quality but I got the break early."

Highlights Federer v Lopez

Rivalry

Federer and Tsonga will extend their rivalry in the final when they meet for a 17th occasion, the Swiss legend with 11-wins to Tsonga's five, although the former world number one will be wary of Frenchman's timely return to form after a tough season.

"I think it was a matter of time that he got it all together again, especially in terms of confidence," said the Swiss..

"So for him to beat Murray and Djokovic, it's a really good effort for him and it's going to give him loads of confidence going into the finals.

"He just can overpower guys, serve up a storm and then play really aggressive with his forehand and also be solid in his backhand.

"You think you're in a safe place sometimes in the rally, and he takes one step and, you know, just hits it and the point is over."

Tsonga v Federer Australian Open 2014

Back to form

Tsonga, a winner of the Paris Masters in 2008, has been in remarkable form this week in Toronto, dispatching both Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray before brushing aside Wimbledon semi-finalist and rising star, Dimitrov, 6-4,6-3.

The Muhammad Ali lookalike has brought plenty of energy to the court this week and has showcased a confident swagger that seems to have been missing from his game this season, while contrastingly the Bulgarian superstar looked out of sorts in an error-ridden performance.

After wrapping up victroy Tsonga acknowledged: "I'm waiting for this moment since a couple of years now," said Tsonga.

"It's good because I always believe in myself during all these years and all this week where I lost against those guys and finally I get a little reward."

Tsonga has reached the semi-finals on three-occasions in Toronto and will be hoping for a strong performance in Sunday's final if he wants to collect the $600,000 on offer to the winner.

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