There's nothing wrong with what Tsonga said. It's true that Novak is nowhere near the achievements of those 2 great players. Not yet.
But that excess of respect for Federer didn't help Tsonga on Sunday. Roger played really well. But Tsonga had his chances in the second set to even the match. He was serving like a god, winning 100% of the points on his first sere...Until it really mattered, then Tsonga fell to pieces, probably thinking about Roger's "aura". He can beat Federer, he has done in the past, but he couldn't do it when it mattered, to win his first Masters title at home.
I'm sure Tsonga knows that little Novak managed to beat Federer in a Masters Final, with the crowd against him, when he was barely 20 and Roger was at his peak (Rogers Cup, 2007). I bet Roger's "aura" didn't get in the way of Nole's game.