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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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11/29/2011 | 02:25 AM
Congratulations Roger and thank you for giving us such a wonderful experience this week. What a classy act you are. Poetry in motion again and again!...Love you forever! Have a good rest with your family and take care of yourself!
11/29/2011 | 01:34 AM
Dear Roger,

I love your talent and your wisdom.
Long life to the Master of Masters!!!

Good resting and all the best in the next season!
11/29/2011 | 01:30 AM
What an exciting match! It was played at a very high level by both of you! You played like a champ! So glad I didn't watch it "live".... You kept getting into Tsonga's game, each and every serve all 2nd set, so you really deserved to win that 2nd set too! What a great accomplishment! Again, you're in a class by yourself. Thank God you stayed healthy and uninjured; and He blessed you with such awesome talent and creativity on the court! Congrats on "Sportsman of the Year" too!!
11/29/2011 | 01:24 AM

Just love reading all these accolades! Congratulations on a brilliant fall indoor HC season. You are awesome (but we all knew that, anyway)!! Thank you for the beautiful tennis at the WTF.

11/29/2011 | 01:14 AM
Just fabulous Roger ! It was great watching you raising that cup above your head. congratualtions !
Yes, he shut the critics up but remember if it wasn't because of the harsh critism and making him hiring coaches he wouldn't have been at this point now.
11/29/2011 | 01:00 AM
You shut the critics up. Congratulations. Nice Job champ. Get some rest and don't forget to COME ON! next year. See you next month. The seniors are doing it!
11/29/2011 | 12:06 AM
congratulations roger you are great in champion you are the best player in the world and in the history >nice to finish the year with the master's cup keep it up for 2012 and good luck in the next year♥♥♥♥i l♥ve you roger and i l♥ve your family♥♥♥♥
11/28/2011 | 11:20 PM
Rog is always there . He is the soul of tennis .
11/28/2011 | 09:37 PM
Hy Roger we your fans need so much a new title of Grand Slam.You are the big player of the world,thanks for what you do for tenis and we wainting for a new GS title
11/28/2011 | 09:30 PM
Yeah, you really deserve it dude
Show them that you are there and still great as we used to see.
I love you man, I don't know why I am crying while see you whether lose or win!!
your lover forever >> Ali from KSA