(3)Roger Federer d. (6)Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 7-6(3) (1:26 h)
Roger Federer reminded his magic once again taking an advantage of the long season and tiredness of the main protagonists (Djokovic & Nadal). The Swiss played his best tennis in the last two weeks winning in Basel and Paris (68th & 69th title) and still has a chance to finish the season as No. 3, which I assume isn’t exceptionally important for him… Today against Tsonga, FedEx jumped into a 5:0* lead, since then didn’t break the opponent’s serve but his superiority wasn’t questioned and confirmed it in the tie-break in which established quickly a 6:1 lead (Tsonga was close to make a break in the 2nd set though, as he sent a forehand long by a few centimeters at a break point leading 4:3). The finalists may create in London one of the biggest H2H’s within a season (there’s no pair to play eight times in a year), it was their sixth meeting in 2011 #. “I’m just really ecstatic to have played so well this week from start to finish,” said the most successful player of this century. “Basically from first ball struck against [Adrian] Mannarino all the way until the very end here. I couldn’t be more happy. I have had many attempts trying to win Paris Bercy, and for some reason, I wasn’t able to win it earlier. But this one obviously feels great and it’s a special victory.” Federer becomes just the second player to win two tournaments in Paris along with Andre Agassi, who triumphed at Roland Garros and Bercy in 1999. Before Federer, only three players won Paris-Bercy not dropping a set: Amos Mansdorf (1988), Stefan Edberg (1990) & Thomas Enqvist (1996).
(7)R.Bopanna/A.Qureshi d. J.Benneteau/N.Mahut 6-2, 6-4
# Six meeting between two players within a year:
1984: John McEnroe vs. Jimmy Connors (6-0) 1986: Ivan Lendl vs. Boris Becker (3-3) 1989: Boris Becker vs. Stefan Edberg (4-2) 2004: Roger Federer vs. Lleyton Hewitt (6-0) 2006: Rafael Nadal vs. Roger Federer (4-2) 2008: Paul-Henri Mathieu vs. Marin Cilic (3-3) 2008: Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic (4-2) 2011: Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal (6-0) 2011: Roger Federer vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (4-2)