Sunday, 20 November 2011

Federer beats Tsonga in O2 opener

Roger Federer recorded his first win of the week with a 6-2 2-6 6-4 win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a scrappy opener.  Federer eased through the first set as a lacklustre Tsonga was twice broken to love.  Federer was imperious on serve losing just three points and  displaying some superb variety.  The second set saw a complete reversal as Tsonga kept more balls in court and Federer went totally AWOL as he first lost his serve at 1-1 with a number of sloppy errors and then once more to hand Tsonga the second set.  The final set was a more competitive affair but still lacked excitement with few memorable rallies.  Tsonga choked at the first time of asking at 4-5 as he netted a simple volley and double faulted before Federer eased across the finish line.  Federer was well short of his best and will need to improve for his next match against the winner of Mardy Fish and Rafael Nadal.  Tsonga could have won this match and folded far too easily at the end of the match; however he will be pleased to have won one set, which could prove crucial at the end of the round-robin stages.

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