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Roger eases into the final

Toronto: Roger Federer eased into the final of the Rogers Cup with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Spain’s Feliciano Lopez on Saturday, putting the Swiss maestro on the brink of a landmark 80th career title.

Standing between Federer and another trophy is Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who claimed his third straight upset by dispatching seventh-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-3.

After knocking off world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the third round, twice champion Andy Murray in the quarters and Dimitrov in the semi-finals, the powerful Frenchman will need to produce one more upset to deny Federer a third Canadian title.

It will be Federer’s 120th career final while Tsonga will be playing for a title for the 20th time.

Federer said Tsonga would be on a high after his series of upsets in Toronto.

“I think it was a matter of time that he got it all together again, especially in terms of confidence,” said the second-seeded Swiss, who is looking for his third title of the season. (Reuters)