Jo-Wilfried Tsonga admitted that it was special to beat Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the triumphal ride at the 2014 Toronto Masters 1000, but added that Paris-Bercy was his best Masters of him. In 2008, Tsonga became champion of the prestigious Parisian tournament after defeating David Nalbandian in the final.
Six years later, the Frenchman won his second Masters title by winning, in fact, in Toronto. In the path that led him to the final triumph, Tsonga got the better of players of the caliber of Djokovic, Federer and Andy Murray.
And to the question posed to him two days ago, that is, at the end of the defeat in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters, Tsonga confessed that his favorite victory in a Masters 1000 was Bercy.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: "Against Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic ..."
One of the reasons Jo-Wilfried Tsonga never won a Grand Slam was because he failed to score against the famous Big Four. In Toronto, Tsonga beat three of the members of this illustrious group and it was probably one of the best weeks of his career.
The Frenchman explained: "Because everything was new. It was the first time and Bercy was in France. I had all my childhood friends with me, my family, all my coaches since I was very young, and by very young, I mean seven years.
It all came together, and so I was a newcomer to those Masters 1000s. Everything was extraordinary. But of course, from a game point of view, in Toronto was great because I beat Djokovic, Federer. This is what people were asking of me every week that I couldn't do.
Beating them one after the other was very complicated, and that week I was able to do it after a difficult period that I went through with my team, with Thiery, with Michele, with my brother, with friends. We had established a mission for all of us: to win again, so it was also nice."