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Federer writes another record with sixth year-end trophy
27 November 2011

Roger Federer capped a superlative late-season run on Sunday when he won a record sixth title at the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3 defeat of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

The victory in two hours, 18 minutes meant the 70th trophy for 16-time Grand Slam winner Federer, who was playing in his 100th career final.

The Swiss compiled a 17-match win streak, winning consecutive titles in Basle, Paris and London to add to his Doha trophy from January.

Tsonga denied Federer as the Swiss served for the match leading 5-4 in the second set and also saved a match point in the second-set tiebreaker with a forehand winner.

Federer had to go into a deciding set, breaking in the penultimate game and finally winning on the first of three more match points.

“I couldn’t be more happy or more exhausted,” said the Swiss, who missed on a match point in the second set but recovered in the third to end his season on a high note.

“Jo sucked every last (bit of) energy out of me today. I couldn’t be happier that the season ends now and that it ended this way,” Federer said.

Federer has beaten Tsonga on the last three Sundays after winning the Paris title and starting his London week with a group victory against the Frenchman.

The pair have now played eight times in 2011, with Federer standing 6-2 in that period.

Federer has moved back to third in the rankings past Scot Andy Murray as he goes into what will be a satisfying off-season. Tsonga said he was again outplayed by the Swiss.

“I congratulate Roger, three in a row is a bit tough for me. Without you around, maybe I could win some other titles, But you are here and you are the best,” Tsonga said. Federer ended with 11 aces — the same as Tsonga who won that ATP category for the season — and produced 30 winners with 26 unforced errors. He broke on three of his nine chances.

Federer started with confidence in the opening set, earning his first three break points with a backhand and reaching 5-3 with a break to love of Tsonga. Moments later, the Swiss had the first set wrapped up in 30 minutes on a third set point, a winner to the open court.

The second looked to be similarly smooth for Federer, who broke for 3-2 with a stinging return winner down the line.

With the Swiss on cruise control, Federer found himself in winning position, serving for victory at 5-4 in the second set.

But Tsonga picked that moment to lift, with the number six French player putting the Swiss in trouble 0-40 and securing the break on an overhead winner after Federer saved two break points.

With the set knotted at 5-5, Tsonga took full advantage of his comeback, with Federer answering 6-6 to force a tiebreaker.

The Swiss grabbed a 4-2 lead in the decider but was unable to serve it out while leading 6-5, Instead, he couldn’t touch a Tsonga forehand winner on a match point and eventually dropped the set on Tsonga’s first opportunity after more than 90 minutes.

The third set stayed on serve until the dramatic eighth game, with Tsonga saving two break points but spewing a shot wide on a third to give Federer a 5-3 lead.



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