Federer and Nadal Struggles to Win Their First Match in Group B

Roger Federer to Final

Playing in the opening game Barclay ATP World Tour Finals in London on 20 November, the world number three Swiss Roger Federer struggled to cope with Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 2-6 and 6-4. With the victory Federer repeated the success in defeating Tsonga, the previous 30-year-old tennis player defeated Tsonga in Paris Masters final with a 6-1 and 7-6 (3). A good start for Federer in his quest to retain the title she won last year.

“I thought it was a good first set [and] even the second set was fine,” said Federer, who will next play his great rival, Rafael Nadal, on Tuesday night. “But he did well to serve bigger and better as the match went on. Once he got the upper hand in the second set, he started to swing more freely and got more dangerous. With me, it was just trying to stay calm, trying to wait for my chance, trying to create chances when he was not serving as well as he did at times.

“It’s really hard to get into any sort of rhythm against him from the baseline because he’s a very good 1-2 puncher, which he proved over four and a half sets against me at Wimbledon. I think that makes him particularly hard to return sometimes.

“Overall I think I’ve been trying to do different things this year on my returning, at times a bit more offensive, sometimes a bit more, sort of normal the way I return. But recently I’ve played well.”

Tsonga is making his second appearance at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. He qualified three years ago (1-2 record), when the tournament was played in Shanghai. The Frenchman has a 52-23 match record this year (2-3 in ATP World Tour finals) and will next play Mardy Fish on Tuesday afternoon.

“In the first set, I didn’t put one ball in the court, and that’s it,” said Tsonga. “Then I started playing better. I think he was a bit surprised, because I played so badly in the first set. Then I played correctly. It’s better to start with a victory. But I’m still in the tournament and I will try to play my best tennis in the next match.”

Meanwhile, in the next game in Group B, the Spanish left-hander Rafael Nadal also had to play three sets before beating the United States tennis player Mardy Fish with a 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (3).

“It was a very important victory for me, for my confidence, to start the tournament with positive feelings,” said Nadal. “I think I played a very good first set after the break from the beginning. The second was hard. I made a big mistake at 0-1, 40 15 for me in the beginning of the second. That [gave him] a lot of confidence and after that, all the match was close. The third set was a little bit more crazy, up and down. I was seriously really lucky for the victory, and I for sure am very happy.”

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