Roger Federer Getting Closer to His First Title in Paris

Roger Federer to Final

Roger Federer getting closer to his first title in Paris after defeating the 2005 champion Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday. The third seed Federer, who now has 801 career match wins, advanced to his 30th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title-match (17-12 overall) with victory in 81 minutes.

Federer once again took a 2-0 lead in the second set and despite Berdych’s best efforts to come back into the match his 30-year-old opponent proved too strong, breaking the Czech to love to advance to his fifth final of the year. Federer hit 34 winners and committed 13 unforced errors, while Berdych hit 10 aces and made 20 errors.

Last week, Federer lifted his fifth trophy at the Swiss Indoors Basel. He has a 58-12 match record this year (40-7 on hard). Berdych, 26, drops to a 51-21 season mark and will next compete at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London from 20 November.

“I would say, and I’m pretty confident to say, that that’s the old Roger,” said Berdych. “You know, the years that he was really winning everything. We can count the unforced errors that he hit, like maybe, on the fingers on one hand, which is incredible. He started every set really great and just didn’t give me any chance at all.”

When asked about when he will travel to London, Berdych said, “I am going to come to London probably [on] Wednesday or something like that and getting used to their courts and just start to practicing there.”

Meanwhile, the fifth seed Berdych, appear anticlimactic after playing so brilliantly at the quarter-finals, at the time of victory over second seed Andy Murray 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4. Berdych who is almost certain to appear on Barlclay ATP World Tour Finals in London, as powerless against the Swiss top players who perform confidently.

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