Sunday in Pictures from the Rogers Cup Final
By Mike McIntyre
Photographs by Bob and Mike McIntyre
The blockbuster final between Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga did not disappoint today at the Rogers Cup. Despite the match not making it to a decisive third set, both players put on a show for the crowd with plenty of awe-inspiring shots and (if you're a Fed fan) lots of drama as well.
Here then is our last instalment of pictures from Toronto that capture the best moments from Sunday.
The doubles final was played first in Toronto and saw Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares defend their Rogers Cup title from a year ago.
Peya and Soares are currently ranked third in the world in the ATP doubles rankings. Won their second title of the year in Toronto.
Next up was the match everyone was waiting for - Federer vs Tsonga. The Frenchman walked in first.
Next came Federer to a giant roar from the crowd. Tsonga wasn't kidding when he said he expected to be up against 10,000 today.
For many, today's final was considered a real coin toss.
The players stayed on serve through the first eleven games of the opening set.
Federer's forehand would betray him on set point allowing Tsonga to take it 7-5.
No final tally was given to the press today but tournament director Karl Hale said, "We are very, very happy with the numbers achieved." Today's crowd sure seemed like a full house.
Federer's serve would bail him out of more than one break point in the second set, but you wondered how long could he fend Tsonga off? In total he saved 6 of 7 break points faced in the match.
A great reach for Tsonga whose forehand was killer again today.
Tsonga's serve was rock-solid when needed today and the Frenchman would not allow a single break point to his adversary, much to Federer's mounting frustration.
Tsonga had his moments of frustration as well but they were few and far between.
Coach Edberg could only look on and watch like the rest of us.
Federer seemed like he might be on the verge of forcing a third set as he staved off match point while serving at 4-5.
But Tsonga's serve was too strong again in the tiebreak to ever allow Federer a chance at a comeback. Tsonga would win 7-5, 7-6(3) to capture his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title.
Tsonga lifts the trophy after the 1hr47min match
Federer didn't seem to distraught with the result. Some nice ranking points added to his pretty solid year.
Not a bad week at the office for Tsonga!
Celebrating with his team.
And of course it wouldn't be Canada without a couple of Mounties on hand to pose with Tsonga and the trophy.
A great week of tennis here in Toronto which hopefully is a sign of things to come on the ATP World Tour as we get closer to the final Grand Slam of the year in New York. We plan to have some coverage of the tourney in Cincinnati this week and of course previews and analysis coming up from the U.S. Open. Keep checking back at ProTennisFan.com and on Twitter as well.