Jo-Wilfried Tsonga shook the likes of Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and the revitalised Roger Federer to lift the Rogers' Cup last week in Toronto.
The Frenchman was in unstoppable form, conceding just the four games against Djokovic and only one set, going down 6-4 to Murray in his quarter final showdown with the Scot, in the whole tournament.
13th seed Tsonga overcame fellow countryman Edouard Roger-Vasselin to progress through in the first round, and in round two he swept Jeremy Chardy in straight sets.
A real crowd-pleaser throughout, Tsonga saw himself scrape into the top 10 players in the world, with a sharp straight sets win against the Serbian world number one followed up by a closer encounter against British number one Murray.
Bulgaria’s latest tennis talent Grigor Dimitrov posed less of a threat in the semi-final, with Tsonga pulling through with two breaks of serve and a 6-4, 6-3 win to set up the final against Federer.
With only one break of serve in the final, the prize-money was decided on the winner of the big points at pivotal moments in the match.
These were won by Tsonga, who bagged his eleventh career title after dispatching of Federer after a second set tie-break finished 7-3 after the first set was snatched 7-5.
Subject to a successful, injury-free week of tennis in Cincinnati commencing 11 August, Tsonga might well be aiming high at the US Open in New York.
With the fitness of Spaniard Rafael Nadal looking to be improving, he will provide a massive threat but Tsonga can go into the hard court Grand Slam knowing he can beat highly ranked players, like Djokovic, Federer, Dimitrov and Murray respectively.
He will aim to end his lifelong wait for one of the big four tournaments – coming closest in Australia in 2008 in a four-set defeat to Djokovic on the same surface as in America.
The work only just starts now for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who can gain confidence and know he can go far after a display of dazzling tennis in Toronto.
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