Roger Federer Advance to SF, Nadal and Tsonga Still Have A Chance

Federer To SF Barclay ATP WTF

Roger Federer advanced to the semifinals ascertained Barclays ATP World Tour Final after easy win over world no.2 Rafael Nadal 6-3 and 6-0 on Tuesday night in London. The world No 4 this world only takes exactly 1 hour to end Nadal’s resistance. This was Federer’s second victory in this championship, where previously this Swiss beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in three sets match.

Federer won his first match over Nadal since last year’s final at the year-end championship, by hitting 28 winners to four in a 62-minute win. It was their fifth meeting in England. Nadal leads 17-9 in their series.

“It was a great match for me basically from start to finish,” said Federer. “I was able to do what I was hoping to do: dominate from the baseline, play close to the baseline, serve well, take his time away. [It] hasn’t always worked.

“I always knew I could beat Rafa. The question is sometimes it was hard to do because he has a big say, as well, in how the matches go. The quicker the court, the more I favour myself. Maybe Rafa didn’t play his very best tonight. But on an indoor court, it all happens very quickly as we saw at the end. For me it was an exciting match to play.”

Nadal, who plays Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Thursday, drops to a 67-14 season mark. He has won three tour-level titles this year, including a sixth trophy at Roland Garros (d. Federer). Making his fifth appearance at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, Nadal has a 9-9 event record.

“The score is true, and today he played too good for me,” said Nadal. “Just accept that today when you play against Federer and he’s playing like this, the only way to stay in the match is have free points with the serve, because for the rest his level was too high in this surface. And I didn’t had these free points as usual.”

“Is not the moment to say good bye,” said Nadal. “Is not the moment to go down; is the moment to keep fighting. I’m still in the tournament. I still have the chance to be in the semi-finals because if I win the next match I will be in semi-finals. So it’s the moment to keep fighting with positive attitude and is the moment to accept when [Federer] plays like this he is better than me.”

Meanwhile, on the other match in Group B Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Mardy Fish from USA with a 7-6 (4) and 6-1 in 90 minutes. With this result the opportunity to close the world’s No. 8 tennis player to compete in the semifinals, where previously he was defeated by Rafael Nadal last Sunday.

Both players made anxious starts, with three straight service breaks. Tsonga took a 3-1 lead, but was broken a second time to 30 when serving for the set at 5-4. Tsonga took a 3-1 lead in the tie-break, when he drew Fish to the net before whipping a forehand winner down the line. He maintained the two-point advantage and finished with two unreturned serves to wrap up the first set in 53 minutes.

“It’s really good to win for the first time here,” said Tsonga. “Today I started better, even if he broke me back in the first. But I played well today. I have felt really good on the court. When I’m very aggressive and I put lot of pressure on my opponent, I’m able to play with everybody.”

Fish, who will be 30 on 9 December, qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the first time this year, which marks the 25th consecutive season (since 1987) that an American has competed at the year-end championship. He has a 43-23 match record and is a 3-8 against Top 10 opponents in 2011.

When asked how he would approach his next match against Roger Federer, Fish admitted, “I feel like I can win. I felt like I could win both the matches I already played, and I didn’t. But, I mean, you’re going to have to pry me off the court to not be able to compete in an event like this. I worked very hard this past year, these past two years [and] made a lot of sacrifices. These are the rewards, playing in an event like this. That’s why I say, it’s very disappointing, to not be able to play at the level that I would like to play at.”

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