Federer Trumps Tsonga to Win Paris Masters

by John on November 13, 2011

World No. 4 Roger Federer, playing with methodical efficiency, defeated home favorite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 7-6 (3) Sunday afternoon in the final of the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris. The win was Federer’s first Paris Masters title and the 18th Masters Series championship of his career, breaking a tie with Andre Agassi for second most all-time. Rafael Nadal leads with 19 Masters Series titles. The red-hot Swiss Maestro has now won 12 matches in a row since losing in the semifinals at the U.S. Open. Federer won last week at Basel to break a 10-month title drought. “I’m just really ecstatic to have played so well this week from start to finish,” Federer said. “Basically from first ball struck against [Adrian] Mannarino all the way until the very end here. I couldn’t be more happy. I have had many attempts trying to win Paris Bercy, and for some reason, I wasn’t able to win it earlier. But this one obviously feels great and it’s a special victory.” Serving to start the match, Federer saved two break points and then broke the Frenchman at 30 to jump out to a 2-0 lead. “These two games maybe decided the outcome of the match,” Federer said. “It gave me great confidence and a great direction for the match.” The Swiss broke the Frenchman again in the fourth game when Tsonga double-faulted facing his third break point of the game. Federer wrapped up the first set in 30 minutes by serving it out. Tsonga had two opportunities to break serve in the second set, but Federer shut the door each time. The Frenchman went for too much on a forehand return in the fourth game allowing Federer to save the first break point. And in the eighth game, after a lengthy rally at 30-40, Tsonga hit an apparent forehand winner that was ruled just long giving the Swiss another reprieve. Federer prevailed easily in the tiebreaker after jumping out to a 6-1 lead. “If I had played better at the start it would have changed things. The key of the match was there,” Tsonga said. “Every time we play each other it’s similar. If I am able to fight back at the start, then I play well. But if I lose the first set like I did today, then it becomes more difficult for me.” Federer had a superlative day serving, winning 88 percent of the points on his first serve and 52 percent on his second. Tsonga hit more winners, 28 to 20, but had 27 unforced errors to just 15 for his opponent.

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Tennisfan November 15, 2011 at 8:52 am

Djokovic and Federer are best players in history of tennis.



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