Roger Federer, in the world of tennis known as “Greatest Player of All Time” made another history in the world of tennis on Sun 27, Nov, 2011 by winning the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour Finals for the Sixth time becoming the first ever player to won this title. The 30-year-old Federer, who won all five matches he played this week, at The O2 in London, picked up a cheque for $1,630,000 and 1,500 South African Airways ATP Rankings points. He was also year-end champion in 2003-04, 2006-07 and 2010. The victory also tied Federer with Ivan Lendl’s wins record at the tournament. Lendl compiled a 39-10 mark, with five titles, while Federer is now 39-7. Federer holding ATP World tour trophy. Tsonga almost buckled under the pressure at 1-1 in the second set, after he hit two double faults, but he managed to salvage the game from 15/40. Two games later, however, Federer set up one more break point opportunity. Taking advantage of a second serve at 30/40, Federer ran around his backhand to lash a forehand winner down the line for a 3-2 lead. Federer served for the title at 5-4, but a lapse in concentration saw him face three break points at 0/40. He saved two when Tsonga hit a backhand return long and a forehand into the net, but he could not win the third as Tsonga attacked the net off a forehand to strike a smash winner. In the next game, Tsonga saved one break with a powerful forehand approach, which Federer could not scramble back. The set was decided on a tie-break. Indeed, Federer has come close this season. The 30 year old finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal in the Roland Garros final, pushing the Spaniard close in four sets, and held a match point against Novak Djokovic in the US Open semi-finals before succumbing in five thrilling sets. Looking back on the two matches, Federer said: "I don't think the match against Novak was my biggest disappointment of the season. It wasn't the final. I felt like my chances were there as much at the French Open against Rafa. That would have been an amazing accomplishment, to beat Rafa in the finals of the French Open. So I look back on that one with maybe a few more regrets. I know I was one point away from getting to the US Open final, but it all happened in a moment. "I think for me, the most important thing is the reaction I show after losses like this. Because the US Open was a tough loss. It was one that hurt. It was one that makes you wonder, ‘How in the world can I end up losing this match?’ But to bounce back and not lose a match from that moment on I think shows, again, how tough I am, the right decisions I can take. These are the kinds of reactions I expect from myself. So to come through and prove it to myself was a great feeling."
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