By Mike McIntyre
Photographs by Mike and Bob McIntyre
It was semi-final Saturday at the Rogers Cup in Toronto and while the matches may not have offered the same level of drama that fans have grown accustomed to throughout the week, the end results have set-up a dream final between Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Federer will be seeking his 80th career ATP title on Sunday while Tsonga will try to add a 2nd Masters 1000 Championship to the one he achieved in Paris in 2011. Here are some of our best photos from the singles and one of the doubles matches that graced the Rexall Centre today. Enjoy!
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga continued perhaps the best week of his career as he dispatched his third top-ten opponent in-a-row in Grigor Dimitrov.
Despite the loss, Dimitrov is proving he belongs in the top ten. Made his second career Masters 1000 semi-final here in Toronto.
Beating Tsonga proved to be too much of a stretch for the young Bulgarian.
"Can I maybe replay that set?"
A strong contigent of Bulgarian fans did all they could to help their man Dimitrov.
The view from the top of the Rexall Centre.
Tsonga was able to do all kinds of crazy things with the ball as evidenced in this shot.
And this is why people make Muhammad Ali comparisons!
Brad Gilbert clowning around with Tsonga after the victory.
A very happy Tsonga acknowledging the crowd support.
Federer practicing under the guidance of coach Stefan Edberg about three hours prior to his match against Feliciano Lopez.
Federer's new practice shirt. Selling for $50 on the grounds of the Rogers Cup this week.
This guy smiles more than Vasek Pospisil - which is really saying alot.
At 41 years old, Daniel Nestor is still without a doubt Canada's premier doubles player. Made his 26th straight appearance at the Rogers Cup this year. Wow, just wow.
Dance competition or ATP Masters 1000 semi-final? You decide.
Even Lopez cringed at one of his many errors on this night.
Often called an artist, Federer looks like he himself is leaping out of a painting here.
Fireworks to celebrate Roger's win and the end of the final night session of the year at the Rogers Cup.
Even Roger was surprised by how easy he was able to advance to the finals!
Check back with us Sunday for the final between Federer and Tsonga which is supposed to start around 3pm ET. Be sure to follow us on Twitter as well for regular updates and photos from the last day of the Rogers Cup.