Points won by each set: [ 30-20, 43-38 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
30 % Federer – 21 of 70
42 % Tsonga – 26 of 61

It was quite strange that during the years (2003-2010) of his dominance on faster courts, Federer didn’t win Peris-Bercy even once: in 2003 ousted by Henman who was enjoying his career-best week, then had to skip the event in three consecutive years due to injuries, in 2007 beaten by Nalbandian in 3R, in 2008 withdrew from a quarterfinal against Blake (his first withdrawal from a match!), in 2009 shocked by Benneteau already in his opener, in 2010 blew five match points in the semifinal against Monfils. And finally, in 2011 when Nadal & Djokovic totally owned the season, they were exhausted at its end whereas the 30-year-old Federer was quite fresh and again played his best tennis finishing the season with 17 victories not being close to defeat once. In Paris he didn’t drop a set being close to that only in his last appearance. Tsonga began the final quite unlucky, after the first 20 minutes he had won 13 points – at least two in each game – trailed 0:4 though; in the first game he squandered a double break point, then on Federer’s game point he played a BH-winner but it was called out and he didn’t challenge. In the 2nd set Tsonga [8] had break points in two games, the second opportunity at 4:3 could turn the final around – the longest rally of the match (15 strokes) and Tsonga decided to play very aggressive forehand winner, however, missed it by a few centimetres. It was the first of their three encounters in November ’11; they will play twice in London-Masters, Federer winning on both occasions, their third match in a short period of time occurred in the final as well. “I had many attempts to win Paris-Bercy and for some reasons I had not been able to win it earlier, so it’s a special victory” stated the Swiss [4] rising the Parisian trophy.

Federer’s route to his 69th title:
2 Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 6-3
3 Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-4
Q Juan Monaco 6-3, 7-5
S Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-3
W Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 7-6(3)

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