Roger Federer, First Titel In Paris Masters

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Roger Federer won his first title at PNB Paribas Masters, held in Paris on Sunday. In the final game Federer beat Frenchman who was the champion in 2008 X Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets 6-1 and 7-6 (3).

The No. 3 seed raced through the first set in 30 minutes, building a 5-0 lead before Tsonga managed to get on the scoreboard. After saving two break points in the second set, Federer quickly gained control in the tie-break; he rolled out to a 6-1 lead and clinched the title on his third championship point.

“I’m just really ecstatic to have played so well this week from start to finish,” said Federer. “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.”

Federer came under pressure early in his first BNP Paribas Masters final, but fought off two break points on serve in the opening game and proceeded to break Tsonga in the next. “These two games maybe decided the outcome of the match,” the Swiss admitted. “It gave me great confidence and a great direction for the match.”

“Jo was always with the back against the wall, so I was really able to put him under pressure and play aggressive with myself,” said Federer. “Couple of hiccups maybe midway through the second. I didn’t serve so well anymore, but I saved the best for last. I played a good tie-breaker and got the win here, which is very nice.”

The 30-year-old Swiss is unbeaten since the US Open semi-finals (l. to Djokovic), and will enter the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals with a 59-12 season record (41-7 on hard). He made a strong start to his 2011 campaign, winning the Doha title in the opening week of the year, and snapped a 10-month title drought last week at his hometown tournament, the Swiss Indoors Basel.

“I have played well for a few months now,” he said. “Maybe I didn’t win the US Open, but we all know I was one point away from making the finals and then who knows? But Novak was able to come back in that great match against me at the Open. And before that I think I had some really good moments, where I actually did play very well, such as Wimbledon and the French Open where I think more was possible, too.

“I have had some really tough losses this year, but I kept believing that still the year wasn’t over, I can still finish this year on a high, which has proved to be the case. Now I still have a massive highlight coming up in a week’s time.”

Federer, a winner of 69 tour-level titles, will look to reach his 100th tour-level final when he makes his 10th straight appearance at the circuit finale, to be held from 20-27 November at The O2 in London.

Tsonga will also feature at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after clinching his berth in the eight-man field earlier this week.

He had advanced to his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final after saving three match points in his semi-final match against John Isner on Saturday, and was attempting to win his third indoor hard court title in as many months following triumphs in Metz and Vienna.

“If I had played better at the start it would have changed things. The key of the match was there,” lamented Tsonga, who will return to his career-high World No. 6 ranking on Monday. “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.”

Celebrities in attendance included basketball star Tony Parker, who took part in the trophy presentation ceremony, musician Gavin Rossdale and international DJ Bob Sinclair.

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