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Tsonga won’t deny Federer his sixth World Tour Finals win

| 27.11.2011

When Roger Federer lost from 2-0 up to Novak Djokovic in the US Open semi-finals just two months ago to complete a first Grand Slam title-free season since 2002, most thought that his days at the top were numbered.

But instead of being deflated by the cruel nature of his Wimbledon and Flushing Meadows exits, the Swiss sensation has recovered majestically, to the extent that he is 1/4 to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Sunday’s ATP World Tour Finals decider.

At a tournament that hinted at anti-climax after poor displays by top three seeds Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, Federer and Tsonga have excelled, ensuring that the ATP Tour’s two form players will fight for the trophy.

It’s the third Sunday in a row that they will collide and the soon-to-be world number three has won both of the previous encounters, making it three victories in succession against the man who had conquered him at Wimbledon and in Montreal.

The charismatic Frenchman, who is 3/1 to repeat his SW19 heroics, did however take a set off of Federer in their round-robin meeting, making him one of only three players to have done so in the veteran’s last 14 matches.

Just two of their last five clashes have been decided in straight sets, while Tsonga has claimed at least one in all 15 of his outings in London to date this year at Queen’s, Wimbledon and the O2 Arena, so 2-1 Federer appeals at 3/1.

It is very difficult to see the sixth seed leaving with any more than that though, as Federer rarely loses finals, especially in the big events, and with no majors to his name, this is will likely prove his sweetest success of the campaign.

He has triumphed on five of the six occasions that he has contested the final of this competition and only David Nalbandian, Rafael Nadal (six times) and Juan Martin del Potro have defeated him in 29 ATP World Tour Finals or Grand Slam final appearances.



Richard Anderson