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Tennis: Tsonga ousts Dimitrov to reach Toronto Masters final

Published on Aug 10, 2014 7:33 AM
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France returns the ball to Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during his 6-4, 6-3 win in their semi-final match at the Rogers Cup at the Rexall Centre in Toronto, Ontario, on Aug 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

TORONTO (AFP) - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga dealt the new tennis generation a blow with a 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Grigor Dimitrov on Saturday at the Toronto Masters to reach his first final in Canada.

The 29-year-old Frenchman will face off for his second Masters 1000 shield on Sunday when he plays the winner from two-time Canadian champion Roger Federer and Spain's Feliciano Lopez.

Tsonga claimed a Masters win at Paris Bercy in 2008, but lost in Paris and London in two other finals to Federer.

Tsonga spent fewer than 90 minutes in dispatching 23-year-old Bulgarian Dimitrov, the youngest member of the ATP Tour's top 10 who stands eighth in the world and is tipped as one of the stars of the future.

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