Beat Tsonga, Federer Reach Sixth Title At Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

Federer n Tsonga at the final BATP WTF 2011

Roger Federer recorded a hat trick victory over Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga last night after winning a third consecutive win over the sixth seed. The fourth-seeded Swiss won his 70th tour-level trophy in his 100th final on Sunday after he defeated sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-3, in two hours and 19 minutes, to become the oldest titlist at the year-end championship. The victory also led Roger Federer became the first player to win six titles at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

The Sixth ATP World Toru Final Tittle
Roger Federer also never lost during the championship is entitled to picked up a cheque for $1,630,000 and 1,500 South African Airways ATP Rankings points.

“It feels very special, indeed,” admitted Federer, who has a 17-match winning streak. “I’ve been trying to sort of block it out for the entire tournament, the entire time I’ve been here in London. I just tried to recuperate from Basel and Paris and hopefully get through the round robin stages. So now it’s finally sort of reality that I’ve been able to win six [Barclays ATP] World Tour Finals. It’s an amazing feeling. I know it’s one of my greatest accomplishments.”

It was Federer’s third straight indoor trophy, after title runs at the Swiss Indoors Basel (d. Nishikori) and the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris (d. Tsonga) two weeks ago. He also beat Tsonga last Sunday in Group B round-robin play and finishes the year unbeaten indoors with a 16-0 mark.

“This definitely is an amazing finish again to the season,” said Federer, who finishes in the year-end Top 3 of the South African Airways ATP Rankings for a ninth straight season. “I’ve never finished so strong.”

Tsonga, 26, was attempting to become the first Frenchman to win the title. He hit 42 aces this week and has struck an ATP World Tour season-best 825 aces, ahead of John Isner’s 811. Tsonga received prize money of $740,000 and 800 points as runner-up.

“Today I fought all I can,” said Tsonga. “I’m just happy tonight because I had a good week. Of course, to win is better but I gave everything. Tonight I can look [at] myself in the mirror and say, ‘Yeah, you fought enough.’

“They [the crowd] supported me a lot. “It was really fair from the English crowd. He was better than me in the first set. Also in the second set. But I took the first set point in the tie-break.”

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