Federer Tsonga – Roger Federer wins the ATP World Tour after fierce competition from Tsonga.
The Swiss professional tennis player is the first player to win the ATP World Tour Finals six times.
The 30-year-old, playing in the title match of the tournament for the seventh time in 10 years and contesting his 100th Tour final, squandered a match point in the second set but eventually extinguished Tsonga’s fire to claim the 70th title of a career that burns as bright as ever.
On yet another record-breaking day for the 16-times grand slam champion, he not only edged clear of five-timers Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras in the tournament’s roll of honor but he also gained the distinction of being the oldest player to win the season-ender since Ilie Nastase in 1975.
It took all his years of experience and a few moments of magic to withstand Tsonga’s force. However, as the explosive Frenchman thrilled the 17,500-capacity crowd with a barrage of winners that threatened to turn the contest on its head.
“It feels very special,” Federer, who climbs back above Andy Murray to No.3 in the rankings and will start next year eyeing Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic, told reporters.
“I’ve been trying to sort of block it out for the entire tournament. So now it’s finally sort of reality that I’ve been able to win six World Tour Finals. It’s an amazing feeling. I know it’s one of my greatest accomplishments.”
Bizarrely, it was the third successive Sunday that Federer and Tsonga faced each other across a net.