Facing 20 time Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer at any stage of a tournament meant that players had to rely on their preparation more than their belief and confidence.
Speaking of the same, Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga recalled the extreme fatigue and tension he felt after his stunning victory over the Swiss at the 2014 Rogers Cup finals.
‘I urinated blood after the 2014 Rogers Cup win over Roger Federer’
Tsonga faced the 20 time Major winner in the final of the 2014 Rogers Cup, which the Frenchman won 7-5, 7-6. But by the end of the match Tsonga actually found blood in his urine due to the extreme tension in his muscle fibers.
“After the final against Roger Federer, I felt totally exhausted. I remember going to the bathroom and starting to urinate blood,” said Tsonga. “I got scared and called the doctor, who told me that due to my extreme fatigue and tension, I had broken muscle fibers and my body passed them out through urine.” said Tsonga in a recent appearance on the ‘Dip Talk‘ podcast for Eurosport.
The Rogers Cup win was Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s second career Masters 1000 title, and arguably his most impressive. He had already defeated Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Grigor Dimitrov before reaching the final against the Swiss.
Tsonga has produced some incredible performances against Federer
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has won six out of his 18 encounters with Roger Federer. Apart from his three wins at the Rogers Cup (2009 quarterfinal, 2011 third round and 2014 final); The Frenchman defeated the Swiss in a remarkable straight-sets quarterfinal at Roland Garros 2013.
Tsonga also ousted the Swiss maestro on his territory at the Wimbledon 2011 quarterfinals, producing a comeback he will never forget. The Frenchman overturned a two-set deficit to clinch the match 3-6 6-7 6-4 6-4 6-4 and advance to his maiden semifinal at the grass-court championship.