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Federer Wins First Paris Masters Title
69 Tournament Victories for First-Time French Finalist
Posted Nov 14, 2011 by Chris White
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Roger Federer won the Paris Masters for the first time in his career with a 6-1 7-6 (7-3) victory over home favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The Swiss had never reached the final of the Paris tournament, but secured his 18th career Masters victory and his 69th tournament victory in under an hour and a half.
Federer is now unbeaten in twelve matches, having won last week’s Swiss Indoors tournament, and becomes the second player after Andre Agassi to have won both Paris title, the Masters and the French Open.
The 30-year old raced into the lead in the final, breaking serve in both of the first two Tsonga serves, going into a 5-0 lead before the Frenchman got on the scoreboard, but Federer served out for the set to take the first of the best-of-three set final 6-1.
The second set was a much tighter affair, with Federer needing a tie-break to wrap up the match in a set that could have gone either way, but the form and experience of Federer showed through as he won the tie-break 7-3 to take the second set and the title 7-6.
Tsonga, who won this event in 2008, was given the majority of the support by the French crowd, but he couldn’t deliver on this occasion, as he was blown away by a man who looked back to the very top of his game, an ominous sign for those taking part in the ATP World Tour Finals in London next week.