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.
It never did (the aura thing). Djokovic has always been a very mature player. In 2007 he lead the first two tiebreaks against Federer, he lost the entire match on his racket. Of course back then, his serve was poor, so there was no surprise that Federer was going to win it. People can moan and groan about Federer losing at the Australian Open 2008, but Djokovic would have beat him in the long run because his serve wasn't as poor as the 2007 U.S. Open.