Nov. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Roger Federer beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets to win the Paris Masters for the first time and secure his second straight title on the ATP Tour.
Federer, who had been without a tournament victory for 10 months before winning the Swiss Indoors on Nov. 6 in his hometown of Basel, defeated Tsonga 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) yesterday at the Palais Omnisports in Bercy.
The 30-year-old Federer, a former No. 1 now ranked fourth on the men’s tour, didn’t lose a set in Paris on the way to his 69th career tennis title from 99 finals.
“I’m just really ecstatic to have played so well this week from start to finish,” Federer said in comments posted on the ATP’s website. “Basically from first ball struck against (Adrian) Mannarino all the way until the very end. I have had many attempts trying to win Paris Bercy, and for some reason, I wasn’t able to win it earlier. It’s a special victory.”
Federer will take a 12-match winning streak into the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals, a tournament he won last year, after also helping Switzerland beat Australia in a Davis Cup playoff. Those victories came less than a week after he lost to Novak Djokovic in the U.S. Open semifinals on Sept. 10.
France’s Tsonga, 26, failed to convert two break points in the first game yesterday and Federer won five straight games to take control of the opening set.
“These two games maybe decided the outcome of the match,” Federer said. “It gave me great confidence and a great direction for the match.”
The second set went into a tiebreaker, where Federer won the first four points, took a 6-1 lead and clinched the championship on his third match point.
Federer has now won 18 Masters 1000 titles, the tier below the Grand Slams in prize money and prestige. Rafael Nadal tops the list of title leaders with 19.
Of the players ranked ahead of Federer, No. 1 Novak Djokovic pulled out of the Paris tournament with a shoulder injury, Nadal was absent to prepare for the Nov. 20-27 World Tour Finals, while Andy Murray lost in the quarterfinals.
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