• Federer wins sixth World Tour Finals title

    11/27/11 9:08 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Federer wins sixth World Tour Finals title Roger Federer holds off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the World Tour Finals title match on Sunday. Federer repeats in London after three sets.

    Roger Federer successfully defended his title and triumphed for the sixth time at the World Tour Finals, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-3 on Sunday. Federer struck 11 aces and won 80 percent of his first-serve points to prevail after two hours and 19 minutes.

    Both men held without too much trouble throughout the first seven games of the match. With Federer up 4-3, though, Tsonga doomed his chances in the opening set with a poor service game out of nowhere. Federer broke at love with a clinching forehand volley and promptly served out the set one game later after surviving a pair of deuces.

    The world No. 4 appeared to be on a fast track to the title when he seized his second break of the evening at 3-2 courtesy of a clean forehand return. Federer powered his way through two more service games and soon served for the championship at 5-4 .

    At the finish line, however, he suddenly tightened up for the first time all day. Tsonga surged to a 0-40 advantage then capitalized on his third break point with an overhead smash. Two holds later, a tiebreaker had to decide the set.

    Federer twice led by a mini-break but gave one back immediately with a double-fault at 1-0 and he was forced into a forehand error at 5-4. An ace set up match point, but Tsonga came up with a clutch second serve followed by a forehand winner. The Frenchman fired an ace for a set point point of his own and he converted by taking advantage of a second serve with a massive forehand return.

    Despite the disappointment, Federer recovered in the third. It progressed in similar fashion to the first, with the Swiss raising his level when it mattered most at 4-3. Federer forced an error out of his opponent with a big forehand on break point and this time he made no mistake with the match on his racket. A love hold ended the final tournament of the season in style.

    Federer's sixth title at the year-end championship surpasses Pete Sampras and Ivan Lendl. This is his 70th career ATP title in his 100th final appearance.

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22 nd major trofy for TMF.

Sienna , 11/27/11 9:26 PM

Congrats Roger. Congrats sienna, fleur, scoretracker and all the other fed fans.
17 matches and counting.
70th title.

This match will give Roger even more confidence. To play antoher set after having a MP in the 2nd. It's no easy task.

Good vacations Roger. Good training.

I'll see you in Doha come January.

Now get some rest you surely deserve it.

bleck , 11/27/11 9:30 PM

Yes bleck he proved he could come back from that disappointment and the USO defeat seems like a distant memory.

Spectacular end of the season. Never seen anybody dominate the end of year like that. The best of the best for a record sixth time. Masterful!

Still the greatest! Still nobody does it better.

numero , 11/27/11 9:40 PM

Thought this was a match played at an amazingly high level. As all their matches this year. Even though the Nole-Rafa rivalry has stolen all the headlines(for obvious reasons) fed/tsonga have had some brilliant matches this season, from wimbledon to montreal to the fall indoor season. These two men are probably the two best pure offensive players in the game, and this match was all about who would finish the point off first. As for Federer, I was really impressed by the way he recovered from losing the second set.

tj600 , 11/28/11 8:17 AM

Great achievement.

Hopefully he can continue this for AO.
Tsonga was amzaing again, nightmares for RAFA and Murray..

sabs , 11/28/11 11:21 AM

"...nightmares for RAFA and Murray.."

And some of their fans. Ask willmw101. That's a bitter fellow to say the least. lol

It's great to see that Roger's sucess still brings this kind of reactions. Only shows that Roger has still got it.

bleck , 11/28/11 12:39 PM

Even though this year was pretty ordinary by the sheer standard Roger has set for himself, but still the good thing is, even though he didn't win any slam this year, the zeal and interest in him to succeed is not yet lost. And it's evident that he is still very much capable of beating anyone in this planet on any given day with luck favoring him and he not faltering under pressure. The most amazing thing about Roger is that, he is showing such quality tennis at an age which is mostly reserved for some of the new comers and starters in their early twenties! He is a genuine champion and certainly the best of the best, not only because of his strong performance but also the ability to continue for so long with such passion! I don't see most of today's player continuing with this vigor for so long like that.

Wish you all the best Federer for another successful season next year!

solitudine , 11/28/11 9:08 PM

bleck, u said Fed looked "tired" in the match against Ferrer, well I was there and it didn't look like that to me! The first set was very competitive and in the second it was poor old David who played "tired tennis." Gotta say, Fed looked, silky smooth and sublime. Most of his shots just seemed to caress the net and the audience were gasping out of sheer astonishment that they managed to clear it. Also gr8 to watch was the way, all the time, he was looking for ways to come forward and attack.
Saw Berdych v. Tiparavic also and that was SO boring in contrast. One volley whole match and bashing each other from the baseline endlessly.
Also saw Nole v. Tipsy and first set Nole played lovely tennis, hitting one superb drop volley that had us all shouting and cheering.
Also saw Max and Nestor, who is an awesome 39, still looking as sharp as a knife! So congrats to them
However, as u all will tell, I managed to see Tipsy playing twice instead of.....*gulp* *sob* you know who...

deuce , 11/29/11 8:20 AM

deuce, In the 1st set Roger missed a few shots that I thought were due to poor movement. He got late to the balls and hence he missed. But I guess I can't expect Roger to move as well as he did when he was in is early twenties.

Didn't know you had tickets to the WTF. Tough luck. Did you at least watch murray in the match against ferrer?

bleck , 11/29/11 12:31 PM

I like very much how the FED is turned seemingly the "impossible" into the amazing. Albeit he essentially pulled off a similar ending last year, without paying devident for a slam this year. the FED is without a doubt the BEST indoors tennis player, and also remains a strong contender in 2012. It will be interesting to see how Djokovic can handle the pressure of being number 1 for the first time at the beginning of the season. Djokovic is going to have to be tough, and ultra healthy to pull it off. Go FED! C'MON!

sky , 11/29/11 4:46 PM

bleck, I didn't see that one but it would've been horrible to see Andy face down on the court receiving treatment, so glad I didn't. Have seen Andy at the O2 before.

deuce , 11/29/11 5:36 PM

@bleck, 9:30pm, thanks for the congrats. I've been on a job assignment in London, but had to return home before '02, whic was a real bummer. Rog winning his 6th WTF is one for the history books and something we, as fans, should be proud of for our great player. I'm enjoying roger's resurgence.

scoretracker , 11/30/11 12:18 AM

Welcome back scoretracker. What a end of the season for Roger. 3 consecutive titles in 4 weeks, 3000 points, regains #3, a lot of records broken and a 17 match winning streak.

Can't wait for the AO.

bleck , 11/30/11 9:43 AM

@Bleck, thank you for your kind thoughts. Roger will continue to shut up the nay-sayers and cause his detractors to be dumb-founded. I'm one happy Fed camper right now. I think we sholuld enjoy the ride for however lolng it lasts.

scoretracker , 11/30/11 9:23 PM

Tsonga's Swiss home was burgled whilst he was on court with Federer in the finals at the O2................veeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrry suspicious. I think there were some missing Fedfans here during that match. Lol

nadline , 12/1/11 9:12 AM

that is not possible because Fed was playing at the time and all his fans watch his matches. Rafa himself is more of a suspect. He was already on his way home and could have taken a different route and try a careermove, because he already explained he felt like switching jobs with the lack of passion he has for tennis. That he would become a thief clearly was written in the stars.

Sienna , 12/1/11 10:18 AM

There was an auction during the WTF of player's memorabilia. Guess who raised the more money. It's an easy guess...

lol Sienna.

bleck , 12/1/11 1:23 PM

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