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28.11.2011 | Tennis, Starseite 3

Roger Federer holds off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win World Tour Finals (The Guardian)

Unlikely as it seemed only a few months ago, when Novak Djokovic was grinding the rest of tennis underfoot, Roger Federer entertains realistic ambitions of reclaiming his place as world No1 by the summer. He might even start a slight favourite at the Australian Open in January after seeing off the best players in the world in the season's closing tournament. By reaching the final of the ATP World Tour Finals he reclaimed third place from Andy Murray; by beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in three tough sets last night to win a record sixth title, he sent a firm message to Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Murray and all the rest that, at 30, his hunger for success has not diminished. Not even he, possibly, would have thought any of this likely on the September night in New York when Djokovic belted the most astonishing return past him, saving two match points to reach the final of the US Open.


Record breaker Federer silences his mental demons (Mirror)

Roger Federer revealed he had overcome some mental demons after defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to clinch a record sixth title at the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals last night. The 6-3 6-7 (6/8) 6-3 victory took Federer's record since the US Open to 17 wins and no defeats, earning him titles in Basle and Paris as well as at London's O2 Arena yesterday. The 30-year-old declared the record, which saw him pull clear of Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras, one of his biggest achievements, but it was the manner of his victory that meant the most.

 


Federer Finishes Season in Style (Yahoo Sports)

This year's ATP season came to a close on Sunday with Federer's 6-3, 7-6 (6), 6-3 victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the ATP World Tour Finals in London. In a lot of ways, it was a very fitting end to a turbulent-yet-exhilarating 2011 for men's professional tennis. A number of milestones were reached with this win: Federer's 100th finals appearance, his 70th tournament title and his record-breaking 6th title in the season-ending ATP tournament. What is more interesting to me, however, is the fact that this was the consummate professional Federer's seventeenth straight match victory and third consecutive title since his loss in the semi-finals of the U.S. Open. He clearly knows how to pace himself whereas the other members of the "Big Four"—Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray—essentially limped to the finish line.

 


Federer reinforces strong desire to win (ESPN)

Roger Federer has broken some of Ivan Lendl's records before. There was the Open era semifinal streak at majors, for one. With Federer on the verge of tying Lendl for the most wins at the men's year-end championships and passing the eight-time Grand Slam winner and Pete Sampras in men's year-end titles, Lendl wasn't disappointed. In fact, it was the opposite. "That would be fun to see," Lendl said. And fun it turned out to be. When Federer reaches the year-end finals, he usually triumphs (now 6-1), and the Swiss completed the job again against familiar foe Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-3 in his 100th final. Federer thus became an unprecedented six-time champion at the most prestigious event outside the majors, eclipsing Lendl and Sampras' haul of five.



Federer sets sights on Slams (SPORT 24)

Roger Federer believes his record sixth title at the ATP World Tour Finals will be the ideal springboard to end his Grand Slam drought in 2012. Federer has finished the season without a Grand Slam for the first time since 2002, but the Swiss star will go into the new campaign on the back of a 17-match winning run that brought him trophies in Basel, Paris and at the prestigious end-of-year event at London's O2 Arena.


Federer's strength has records tumbling (Independent)

Another year, another title, another set of records. Roger Federer seems to pass milestones as routinely as he passes opponents at the net and the 30-year-old Swiss ended his 13th full season on the tour here yesterday in the way that he knows best. In beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 in a thrilling climax to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Federer became the first man to win the season-ending championship six times, having previously shared the record with Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras. He is the oldest man to win the title, supplanting Ilie Nastase, who was 29 when he won in 1975. The statistics, nevertheless, cannot do justice to Federer's brilliance or his resilience. Some of his tennis over the last week has been breathtaking in its attacking enterprise, while nobody handles the big occasions with more calm authority.

 


Federer climbs to third place in ATP rankings (IBN Live)

Roger Federer's victory over Jo-Wilfred Tsonga which gave the maestro his sixth ATP World Tour title, has also taken the Swiss to third position in the world rankings, while Britain's Andy Murray dropped one place to fourth.

The former world No 1 is closing in on the beleaguered Spaniard Rafael Nadal who failed to manage a semi-final berth in London. Serbian Novak Djokovic still holds a big lead over second-placed Nadal with 13,675 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."

 
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12/24/2011 | 01:44 PM
"In the modern game, you're either a clay court specialist, a grass court specialist or a hard court specialist... or you're Roger Federer." Jimmy Connors, winner of eight Grand Slams

"I'd like to be in his shoes for one day to know what it feels like to play that way." Mats Wilander, winner of seven Grand Slams

"Maybe Roger Federer will rescue tennis. He plays like we did in the past." Ilie Nastase, first ever World No. 1 when rankings were introduced in 1973
12/24/2011 | 01:41 PM
What they say about him...

"The best way to beat him would be to hit him over the head with a racket." Rod Laver, tennis legend

"For me, Roger is the greatest player who ever played the game of tennis." Björn Borg, winner of 11 Grand Slam titles

"I think Roger is dominating the game much more than I ever did. I think he's going to go on and pass 14 and win 16, 17, 18 majors. I think he's going to break all records." Pete Sampras, who held the record for 14 Grand Slam wins before Federe
12/23/2011 | 09:26 PM
Merry Christmes and happy New Year to You and Your family, King Roger!!!!!!!Ludmila from Poland
12/23/2011 | 09:20 PM
Dear King Roger!!! You are the greatest player of all time!!!! I believe, you will N.1 in 2012!!!!!!!! Merry Christmes and happy New Year for You and youre family. Ludmila from POland
12/23/2011 | 06:19 PM
It is amazing, and you are the one who is amazing! I knew it always, and refused to think otherwise. All I ever had to do was to see you play, see you on the court, even when you were not on the winning end. Your uniqueness stands out, stands alone, and you take your heart into your goals and determination. (Lendl is one smart cookie, and he had said saimilar things when there were transitions in your game. He is smart, and knows the game and players, and especially, knows what is outstanding)!
12/22/2011 | 06:35 PM
Forza Roger!!! Love you! keep winning! good days a ahead!
12/22/2011 | 06:31 PM
EVERY GAME YOU PLAY , EVERY WIN YOU GET IS A PRESENT FOR US!
WHAT A FEAST OF PRESENTS WE GOT FROM YOU FOR THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU TOO, ROGER!
12/21/2011 | 01:22 PM
Go Roger!
12/18/2011 | 12:51 AM
Nicely Done Roger Federer. Great work defeating Tsonga(a recent rival)!!!You are the greatest player of all time and I look forward to watching you play in the upcoming year. With concentration, you could reach rank 1 or 2 in the next year or two. Just believe in yourself. And merry Chirstmas!
Your biggest Fan
12/17/2011 | 06:40 PM
You have our support all the way!
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