By Chris Oddo | Saturday, August 9, 2014
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won his third match against a top ten foe in three days in Toronto to reach the Rogers Cup final.
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After starting the year 0-7 vs. the ATP’s top ten, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has defeated a top ten player on three consecutive days in Montreal. On Saturday he eased past Grigor Dimitrov with a stellar serving performance, saving all four break points he faced to triumph, 6-4, 6-3.
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Tsonga, 29, moves into his third career Masters 1000 final with the victory and his first since 2011. The Frenchman won his lone Masters title in 2008, when he defeated David Nalbandian in the Bercy final.
Tsonga capped off a remarkable three-day surge by producing some remarkable serving against the Bulgarian. After breaking to move ahead 5-4 in the opener, Tsonga saved four break points in the next game to claim the first set.
The world No. 15 would break to love in the third game of the second set, and he didn’t face a break point the rest of the way, closing the affair in one hour and 24 minutes.
Dimitrov, who reached his second Masters semifinal of 2014, was bidding to reach his first final at this level.
Tsonga will face either Roger Federer or Feliciano Lopez in Sunday’s final. He is bidding for career title No. 11.
Tsonga becomes the second Frenchman to reach the Rogers Cup final in the Open Era. Richard Gasquet was runner-up in 2006 and 2012.
Dimitrov currently sits at 6th in the race to the year-end Championships at London.
Tsonga is now 4-0 against the Bulgarian.