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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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11/28/2011 | 05:41 PM
11/28/2011 | 05:26 PM
I´m very, very happy for you Roger.......also for yours and for us, of course, but mainly for you!!!!. Webnews can go from one side to other, but people who LOVE and admire you always think in the same way: our IDOL is SIMPLY THE BEST!!!!!
11/28/2011 | 05:12 PM
You are the BEST! ! ! Congrats, get some rest and get ready to take on 2012!!
11/28/2011 | 05:05 PM
So happy for u Champ. In a matter of weeks u succeeded in bringing the media to their knees now they are all singing your praise. I, as a loyal fan know how hard u work at your beloved sport & how clever u are in annalyzing & facing all the challenges u come up against. We know u are the GOAT, you proved it already over and over year after year. But It's so satisfying to see those journos eat their words:)

Happy Holidays to u, your family & the entire Team Federer

Luv ya tons

11/28/2011 | 05:01 PM
Wish u a Gr8 Holiday with christmas, new yr n gr8 2012
11/28/2011 | 04:18 PM
Congratulations Roger......Keep going:-)

Aditi n Aprajita
11/28/2011 | 04:02 PM
Winning the World Tour Finals is really just as great if not greater than winning a slam, since the winner has to defeat the other 7 best players in the world. Every match is high-quality and tough. So I congratulate you, Roger, for this outstanding achievement - 6 of them now!! Your brilliance and sportsmanship are just out of this world! You give all your fans such delight! We are very lucky indeed. Now I'm wishing for you a long, relaxing vacation with sun and good food!
11/28/2011 | 03:54 PM
Nice, once again congratulations.
And a big BRAVO for Tsonga and his reaction after the match, and it is not easy after three defeats in three weeks.
11/28/2011 | 03:53 PM
If you keep this kind of intensity going...the world #1 position is yours. You are made to do what others always thought impossible....time to do it again, man! I know its not at all as easy as you make it seem....but darn it, its worth it isn't it? There's nothing stopping you...ALLEZ ROGER!!
11/28/2011 | 03:16 PM
I like the writeups about you. You have accomplished so much and the different sports writers have a lot of choices on what to emphasize!
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