ATP World Tour Finals 2011: Roger Federer Defeats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga For Sixth Year-End Title

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga made it tough, pushing Roger Federer to three sets, but the Swiss pulled out the win to capture his sixth career year-end title.

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ATP World Tour Finals 2011 Results: Roger Federer Defeats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga To Capture Title

For the sixth time in his career, Roger Federer has won the year-end tournament, capturing the ATP World Tour Finals title with a three-set victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a fantastic match. Federer won the first set and was up a break, cruising in the second before Tsonga pulled off an improbable break, then won the tiebreak. The two went blow for blow in the third, but Tsonga cracked first as Federer eventually won the match 6-3, 6-7, 6-3. 

After losing the first set definitively by a break, Tsonga appeared as if he was going to bow out in straight sets before pulling off a break of Federer late in the second, eventually forcing a tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker, Tsonga saved championship point before going on to win, forcing a third set.

Match commentator Patrick McEnroe remarked that, when players lose a championship point in the second set before losing a tiebreak, they often go on to lose the third set without putting up much of a fight. Federer did struggle in the third, often failing to get his first serve in, but fought through points and won and incredible amount of second serve points, never facing a break point in the final set.

With Federer up 4-3 on serve, Tsonga and Federer went to deuce on Tsonga's serve, with the Frenchman saving three break points. He couldn't pull off the feat a fourth time in the game, as Federer clinched a decisive break. He went on to win his final service game at love, capturing his record sixth year-end title.

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Federer Vs. Tsonga, ATP World Tour Finals 2011: A Rematch In The Championship Match

The match between Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the ATP World Tour Finals' round robin play was perhaps the best of that round of play. Federer won the first set easily, but Tsonga bounced back with an excellent second set victory. Federer eventually took the match, winning the third set by one break. On Sunday, they face off again in the final.

Federer is 6-3 all time against Tsonga, with the players already playing in three high-profile matches before this final during the 2011 season. Tsonga got the better of Federer at Wimbledon with an incredible comeback victory in five sets, but Federer got him back at the finals of the Paris Masters with a straight sets victory. 

If Federer wins on Sunday, he will capture his sixth title in the tour finals, an all-time record. The match is also Federer's 100th final, and if he wins it will be his 70th title.

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ATP World Tour Finals 2011 Results: Roger Federer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Record Wins

Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will have to play a rematch of their entertaining three-set round robin match, thanks to their semifinal wins on Saturday. The two will face off yet again in the ATP World Tour Finals championship match after both won their semifinals in straight sets.

Federer made relatively simple work of David Ferrer, winning a fantastic 86 percent of his first serve points while recording six aces and not giving up a break point. Ferrer never really got his game going as Federer dominated throughout his 7-5,6-3 victory.

Tsonga was almost as good in the late match against Tomas Berdych as he won by an almost identical score, 6-3,7-5. Tsonga recorded seven aces and was even better on his first serve, winning 90 percent of his first serve points.

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ATP World Tour Finals 2011 Results, Day 4 Recap: Novak Djokovic Upset, Tomas Berdych Stays Alive

For just the fifth time this season, Novak Djokovic is a loser. He can still advance to the semifinals of the 2011 ATP World Tour Finals with a win over his countryman Janko Tipsarevic in the final round, but his qualification chances took a hit Wednesday. David Ferrer is now 5-6 career against Djokovic, thanks to his convincing 6-3, 6-1 victory over the World's No. 1 player.

Djokovic simply wasn't on his game Wednesday, and it's not unfair to say that he didn't give his best effort in the second set. Once Ferrer broke Djokovic to go up 2-0 in the second set, Djoker appeared to start playing considerably less aggressive and conserve his energy for another day, letting Ferrer coast to an upset. That's not to take anything away from Ferrer, who played brilliantly in the first set and didn't make mistakes to let Djokovic back into the match in the second.

In the earlier match, Tomas Berdych recovered from a first set loss to defeat Janko Tipsarevic 2-6, 6-3, 7-6, saving a match point in the tiebreak before going on to win. Berdych is now 1-1 and will advance to the semifinals if he defeats Ferrer on the final day.

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Berdych Vs. Tipsarevic ATP World Tour Finals 2011: Both Players Need A Win

Janko Tipsarevic has had his best season as a professional in 2011, but he has a tough road to qualification for the second round of the 2011 ATP World Tour Finals. After entering the tournament as the first alternate, replacing the injured Andy Murray, Tipsarevic now has to win twice in a row to advance. Though almost no one will give him much of a chance of winning his second match against Novak Djokovic, he can make things interesting with a Wednesday win over Tomas Berdych.

While Berdych had a favorable 3-1 career record against Murray, he's 1-4 career against Tipsarevic. The Serbian has a great record on hard courts this season, getting to four finals on hard courts, winning two titles on the surface, and reaching the U.S. Open quarterfinals. 

Murray lost to David Ferrer in the first round of matches, while Berdych fell to Djokovic. Though a scenario where three players finish 1-2 is very possible, this is a virtual elimination game and it will be extremely difficult for the loser to recover. If Tipsarevic falls before his match with Djokovic, his finals will be over before they really got started.

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ATP World Tour Finals 2011 Results: Roger Federer Smashes Rafael Nadal, Mardy Fish Falls To Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Roger Federer has never lost to Rafael Nadal on a hard court, but it would have been hard to imagine a thrashing as bad as Nadal took today. Federer brought his best on Tuesday evening, while Nadal played one of his worst matches in recent memory as Federer won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0.

Nadal won less than half of his first serve points and only won 15 percent of points on Federer's first serve. Federer won 80 percent of his service points, a stunning stat against a returner as good as Nadal. At no point did Nadal force Federer into a break point.

In the earlier match, Mardy Fish struggled to deal with the serve of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, while struggling to get his own serve in as the Frenchman won 7-6 (7-4), 6-1. 

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Andy Murray Forced To Withdraw From 2011 ATP World Tour Finals Through Injury

On a hard court in front of a partisan crowd, Andy Murray fell to David Ferrer in straight sets. He committed a number of errors, looked a bit slow, and served poorly. It seemed like a simple case of a poor performance, but news has come out that Murray was suffering from an injury that he attempted to play through. Unfortunately, that injury has now forced Murray to withdraw from the 2011 ATP World Tour Finals.

Murray will be replaced by Janko Tipsarevic, who faces a tough task to get himself into the semifinals. To advance, he will likely have to defeat both Tomas Berdych and his countryman Novak Djokovic - who has lost just four times this year - in succession. Djokovic defeated Berdych on Monday and will play Ferrer for the top spot in the group on Wednesday. 

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Nadal Vs. Federer, ATP World Tour Finals 2011: Marquee Match Of The Group Round

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have had a number of fantastic battles over their careers, but this is only their second high-profile meeting of the season. The two stars met in the final of the French Open where Nadal won in four sets, but that was it for their meetings this season. After years of being the clear top two players in the world, Novak Djokovic took his game to another level this season, preventing the world from seeing more of Federer and Nadal against each other.

Due to Nadal's proficiency on clay courts and the number of clay court matches they've played, Nadal has a career record of 17-8 against Federer. The Spaniard has defeated Federer on other surfaces, but off of the clay their record is a bit more even. 

The French open was the only major between the two players this season, as Djokovic took the other three. Federer did not have a great season by his standards, but won two smaller titles late in the season. The two face off in the final match of the Tuesday session from the O2 Arena in London, England.

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Fish Vs. Tsonga, ATP World Tour Finals 2011: Both Players Desperate For A Win

Andy Murray came into the 2011 ATP World Tour Finals as the third seed, but there's no doubt about who the best three players in the world are. Two 'other' players had to end up in a group with two of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. That's exactly what happened to Mardy Fish and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who are both desperate for a win on Tuesday. Tsonga lost to Federer in three sets on Sunday, while Fish took Nadal to the brink, eventually losing in a third set tiebreaker.

Due to the tournament's format where the top two players from each group advance, this is a must-win for both players. Pending the results of today's Nadal-Federer match, it's most likely that the winner of this match will end up in a win and they're in, lose and they're out scenario in the third round of matches.

Tsonga and Fish have met just once, with Tsonga winning their only career meeting.

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Murray Vs. Ferrer, 2011 ATP World Tour Finals: David Ferrer Takes Down Scotsman In Straight Sets

Andy Murray is 5-3 against David Ferrer, is better on hard courts than the Spaniard and had a very partisan crowd behind him in his first match at the 2011 ATP World Tour Finals. The last meeting between these two players was on a hard court at Masters Shanghai, with Murray winning in straight sets. Despite having all of this on his side, Murray failed to live up to expectations on Monday, falling 4-6, 5-7 to Ferrer in the first match of Group A.

The match was close with Ferrer winning each set by just one break, but Murray failed to get his serve on track. The Scotsman won just 44 percent of points on his second serve and recorded just four aces. Neither player served particularly well, as both were broken multiple times, but Ferrer's serve was just a little bit better. The Spaniard got 56 percent of his first serves in, while Murray got his first serve in just 44 percent of the time.

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