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Federer at his sublime best in Paris

November 14, 2011

By Greg Rusedski

The Paris Masters was going to determine who was going to be the last players to qualify for the ATP world finals in London. The last few places were up for grabs and all the players that were in pole position ended up qualifying. The top eight for the field ended up being Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Roger Federer, David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Mardy Fish.

The other story of the week concerned Djokovic and whether he would play after shoulder problems in Basel. If he didn’t play he would have missed his commitments for the master series events and it would have cost him over 1 million pounds in bonus pool money. He did play!

Could Murray continue his unbeaten run since the U.S. Open and win his fourth event in a row?

Also worth noting that Nadal pulled out the week before the event to concentrate on the ATP world finals and the Davis Cup final. With all the other big names playing it wasn’t a big loss. This was a smart thing for Nadal to do because he needs the rest.

In the quarter finals against Tsonga, Djokovic pulled out the night before with shoulder problems. This is starting to become an issue but hopefully he can have his shoulder fully fit for the ATP world finals in a weeks time.

After 18 straight wins following the U.S. Open Murray lost in the quarter-finals to Berdych, who played a really great game.

Federer on the other hand made a bit of history by recording his 800th win in the quarter-finals to become only the 7th man to do so in the open era. If Federer could beat Berdych in the semi-finals he would make more history by becoming the second player to make all the master series finals. The records never stop coming for Roger. Federer demolished Berdych 6-4 6-3 and he was in his first Paris Open final. Federer played as well as I have seen him play all year.

The other semi-final was the big serving American John Isner versus home favorite Jo Wilfred Tsonga. Tsonga came through in a final set tie breaker to set up a great final. A French man in the finals versus the greatest player to ever play the game. What a treat for the Parisian crowds!

Federer was at his sublime best to win 6-1 7-6 to win the Paris Master Series for the first time. This is now back to back titles for Federer, which puts him in great shape to defend his ATP world tour finals win from last year. Whenever we start to write Federer off even just a tad, he always comes back strong and shows us why he is the best player of all time.

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