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Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer will contest the Paris final for the first time.

PARIS SUNDAY PREVIEW - FEDERER & TSONGA CLASH FOR BNP Paribas Masters CROWN
Two of the game’s most popular stars will square off for the last ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title of the season, as Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga play in the final of the BNP Paribas Masters on Sunday. Both players are appearing in their fifth final of the season, the first in an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event. This is the first time all nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 finals in a season feature two Top 10 players.

Since returning to the ATP World Tour after a six-week break, World No. 4 Roger Federer hasn’t lost a match, going 9-0 (5-0 to win Basel and 4-0 so far in Paris). He comes in with an 11-match winning streak (also won two Davis Cup matches in September). He’s lost only one set in the past two weeks (to Jarkko Nieminen in Basel). Paris was the only current ATP Masters 1000 event Federer had never been to the final of, and now he has ended that jinx. He will try to win his 18th ATP Masters 1000 title (he is currently tied with Andre Agassi for second place all-time with 17 ATP Masters 1000 titles - Rafael Nadal is the all-time leader with 19 titles).

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Federer is competing in his 99th career tour-level final, going 68-30 (17-8 in indoor finals). This is his 30th ATP Masters 1000 final (has a 17-12 career mark).

French No. 1 Tsonga’s only previous ATP Masters 1000 final came right here in 2008 (winning the title) and now he’s trying to do it again. He saved three match points to beat John Isner in the semi-finals. He has already won two indoor titles this fall, Metz and Vienna. This is the fourth straight year a Frenchman has been in the final of the BNP Paribas Masters, starting with Tsonga’s own title run in 2008 and then back-to-back runner-up finishes from Gael Monfils the past two years.

This is Tsonga’s 11th tour-level final, going 7-3 in his first 10 (5-1 in indoor finals). This is his second ATP Masters 1000 final, following his title run here in 2008 (beating David Nalbandian in the final).

Federer leads Tsonga in their head-to-head, 5-3, but the Frenchman has won two of the previous three 2011 head-to-heads. Federer won their first two meetings of the year, then Tsonga won a five-setter at Wimbledon and a three-setter at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Montreal, before Federer exacted revenge with a straight-set quarter-final victory at the US Open.

Regardless of how he performs, Tsonga will rise from No. 8 to No. 6 in the new rankings, a return to his career-high. He is 10-25 against Top 5 players, but has fared better indoors (7-20/.259 against the Top 5 outdoors and 3-5/.375 against the Top 5 indoors). Curiously, all of his Top 5 victories have come against No. 1s (2-3), No. 2s (1-7) and No. 3s (7-6) - he has gone winless against No. 4s (0-6) and No. 5s (0-3).

Tsonga is trying to become just the fifth player ever to beat Federer three or more times in a season (Nadal has done it in three seasons, Djokovic two seasons and Murray and Nalbandian one season each).

WHAT’S AT STAKE
Winner:            € 454,000 and 1,000 South African Airways ATP Ranking points 
Runner-up:       € 214,400 and 600 South African Airways ATP Ranking points

FINALS HISTORY
Tsonga  Appearing in his 11th ATP World Tour level final…………….7-3 record (2-2 in 2011)
            Appearing in his 2nd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final…..1-0 record (first in 2011)
Federer Appearing in his 99th ATP World Tour level final……………68-30 record (2-2 in 2011)
            Appearing in his 30th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final…17-12 record (first in 2011)

2011 ATP MASTERS 1000 FINALS –  Both players are appearing in their first ATP Masters 1000 final in 2011.
This will be the ninth all-Top 10 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final of the season. 
                    Champion        (Rank)   Finalist               (Rank)  Result
Indian Wells  Novak Djokovic (3)        Rafael Nadal         (1)    46 63 62
Miami           Novak Djokovic (2)        Rafael Nadal         (1)    46 63 76(4)
Monte-Carlo  Rafael Nadal      (1)       David Ferrer          (6)    64 75
Madrid          Novak Djokovic  (2)      Rafael Nadal          (1)    75 64
Rome           Novak Djokovic  (2)      Rafael Nadal          (1)    64 64
Montreal       Novak Djokovic  (1)      Mardy Fish            (8)    62 36 64
Cincinnati     Andy Murray      (4)      Novak Djokovic      (1)    64 3-0 Ret.
Shanghai      Andy Murray      (4)      David Ferrer          (5)    75 64
Paris            Roger Federer    (4) vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (8) 
    
ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS 1000 TITLE LEADERS – Federer is attempting to capture his 18th career
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title and Tsonga his second. Here are the leaders (since 1990):
                             No. 
1) Rafael Nadal       19
2) Andre Agassi      17 
    Roger Federer     17 
4) Pete Sampras      11 
5) Novak Djokovic   10 
6) Andy Murray       8
    Thomas Muster   8
7) Michael Chang    7

LONDON FIELD SET – The field for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London is set. Tsonga moved one spot to No. 6. Here are the updated 2011 ranking points leaders going into Sunday:   
                                 Points
1 Novak Djokovic        13,475
2 Rafael Nadal            9,375   
3 Andy Murray           7,380
4 Roger Federer          6,270 (add 400 pts. w/Final win)
5 David Ferrer             4,480   
6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga    3,535 (add 400 pts. w/Final win)
7 Tomas Berdych         3,300
8 Mardy Fish                2,965  
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9 Janko Tipsarevic        2,395
10  Nicolas Almagro      2,380

SUNDAY CHAMPIONSHIP FEDEX  HEAD 2 HEADS

(6) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs (3) Roger Federer (SUI)  Federer Leads 5-3
08 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (Spain) Hard R16 Roger Federer 6-4 6-1
09 ATP Masters 1000 Montreal  Hard QF Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(5) 1-6 7-6(3)
10 Australian Open (Australia) Hard SF Roger Federer 6-2 6-3 6-2
11 Doha (Qatar) Hard SF Roger Federer 6-3 7-6(2)
11 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome Clay R32 Roger Federer 6-4 6-2
11 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass QF Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6 6-7(3) 6-4 6-4 6-4
11 ATP Masters 1000 Montreal (Canada)Hard R16 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(3) 4-6 6-1
11 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard QF Roger Federer 6-4 6-3 6-3

 

Tsonga

Federer

Age (Birthdate)

26 (April 17, 1985)

30 (August 8, 1981)

Residence

La Rippe, Switzerland

Bottmingen, Switzerland

ATP Ranking (Career-High)

No.  8 (No. 6 – Nov. 17, 2008)

No. 4 (No. 1 – February 2, 2004)

2011 W-L Record (on Hard)

52-21 (35-12)

58-12 (40-7)

2011 Finals W-L

2-2

2-2

Career Finals W-L

7-3

68-30

Last ATP Final/Last ATP Title

’11 Vienna/’11 Vienna

’11 Basel/’11 Basel

2011 Tie-Break W-L

24-16

19-8

Paris W-L (Best Result)

12-3 (Winner – 2008)

14-7 (Final– 2011)

Coach

None

Paul Annacone


TSONGA FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 26-year-old Frenchman has a 12-3 career mark in Bercy, winning the title three years ago (d. Nalbandian)…Two years ago in his last appearance, reached the quarter-finals (l. to Nadal)
• En route to the final, has posted a 63 64 win over Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and followed with same result over Italian qualifier Andreas Seppi…On Friday, received a walkover into SFs with Djokovic W/D…On Saturday, saved three match points in 36 76(1) 76(3) win over John Isner
• Has held serve 34 of 36 games (94%) this week, saving 15 of 17 break points

2011 Highlights:
W (2): Metz (d Ljubicic); Vienna (d Del Potro); F (2): Rotterdam (l Soderling); London / Queen's Club (l Murray); SF (4): Doha (l Federer); Wimbledon (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Montreal (l Djokovic); Beijing (l Berdych); QF (2): Marseille (l Youzhny); US Open (l Federer)

2011 in Review:
• The top Frenchman is appearing in his fifth ATP World Tour final of the season and two weeks ago  he captured his second title in Vienna (d. del Potro)…Has a 7-3 career mark in finals (5-1 indoors)
• Has a 52-21 match record on the season (35-12 on hard, 18-3 indoors) and it’s the second time in three years he’s won 50-more matches (53 wins in ’09)…Has a 22-29 career mark vs. Top 10 opponents (7-10 this year)
• On Thursday he secured the seventh spot in the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London…Will move to No. 6 going into London…Qualified in 2008 and went 1-2 in round robin play
• On Sept. 25, he won his sixth title in Metz (d. Ljubicic)… He moved back into the Top 10 on Sept. 12 after reaching the quarter-finals at the US Open (l. to Federer)
• In last month’s Asian swing, lost in his opening match (after a bye) to Kei Nishikori at ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai…The previous week, he reached the semis in Beijing (l. to eventual champ Berdych)
• His other season-best results are a pair of runner-up showings in Rotterdam on Feb. 13 (l. No. 4 Soderling) and at the Queen’s Club in London (l. to Murray) in June
• In July at Wimbledon he advanced to the semi-finals (d. No. 6 Ferrer, No. 3 Federer in SF from 0-2 sets down, l. to Djokovic)…In next outing at ATP Masters 1000 Montreal, reached semi-finals (l. to Djokovic)
• Played in Davis Cup semi-final Sept. 16-18 vs. Spain and lost to Nadal in fourth rubber (won doubles)
• He began the year with a semi-final in Doha (l. to No. 2 Federer) and followed with a 3rd Rd. at the Aust. Open (l. to Dolgopolov in five sets)…Then in Rotterdam (l. to Soderling in final)
 
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 History:
• Has a 47-29 career mark and he captured his lone title on home soil in Paris in 2008 (d. Nalbandian) and semi-finalist in ’09, this year in Montreal

FEDERER FASTFACTS 

Tournament Highlights:
• The Swiss superstar is appearing in his first final with a 14-7 career record…He opened with a 62 63 win over French wild card Adrian Mannarino on Wednesday, followed with a 62 64 victory over No. 16 seed Richard Gasquet on Thursday, 63 75 triumph over Juan Monaco and 64 63 over  No. 5 Berdych
• Has held serve 36 of 38 games (95%) and broken opponents 13 times (winning 13 of 37 return games)
• Last year he reached his first semi-final, falling to Gael Monfils in three tie-breaks (held five match pts.)
• His previous best results were three quarter-finals – in 2002 (l. to Hewitt), ‘03 (l. to Henman) and ‘08 (w/o to Blake)…He also reached the 3rd Rd. in 2007 (l. to eventual champ Nalbandian)

2011 Highlights:
W (2): Doha (d Davydenko); Basel (d Nishikori); F (2): Dubai (l Djokovic); Roland Garros (l Nadal); SF (5): Aust. Open (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Nadal); US Open (l Djokovic); QF (3): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Melzer); Wimbledon (l Tsonga); ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Berdych)
 
2011 in Review:
• The Swiss native comes in with an 11-match winning streak since his five-set loss in the US Open semi-finals to Djokovic on Sept. 10…Has a 58-12 match record (40-7 on hard) and he’s into his fifth ATP World Tour final (2-2) of the season, the second in as many weeks…Last Sunday he captured his second ATP World Tour title of the year in his hometown of Basel (d. Nishikori), the first since opening week of the season in Doha…It was his fifth Basel title
• He has won at least one ATP World Tour title for 11 straight years, best among active players along with Roddick…Has a 68-30 career finals record…His 68 titles rank No. 4 on the Open Era titles list
• He’s won 50-more matches for 10 straight years and has 801 career match wins in ATP World Tour level play and he’s the seventh player with at least 800 wins…Next on the list to pass: No. 6 Stefan Edberg (806)
• His last match prior to last week in Basel was Sept. 18 when he defeated Aussie Bernard Tomic in four sets in a Davis Cup World Group playoff tie in Sydney
• He fell to No. 4 on Oct. 17 and prior to Basel, the last time he played in a tournament outside the Top 3 was at ’03 Wimbledon where he entered No. 5
• He reached the final at Roland Garros (l. to Nadal in four sets) and snapped  Djokovic’s 43-match winning streak in the semi-finals, and followed with quarter-final at Wimbledon (l. to Tsonga in five sets after holding two-set lead)…Down Under, reached semi-finals at Australian Open (l. to Djokovic)
• In late February, he reached the final in Dubai (l. to Djokovic) and following month, he advanced to the semi-finals in Indian Wells (l. to Djokovic in three sets) and in the semis in Miami (l. to Nadal)

ATP World Tour Masters 1000 History:
• He is the all-time leader in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 match wins (245) and has a career mark of 245-75 with 17 ATP Masters 1000 titles (17-12), along with Agassi (17), trailing only Nadal (19)
• He has won six different tournament titles – Hamburg (four times), Indian Wells (three times), Cincinnati (four times), Miami (twice), Toronto (twice) and Madrid (twice) and runner-up in three others – Monte Carlo (three times), Rome (twice) and Shanghai
• Appearing in his 30th ATP Masters 1000 final (17-12 record)

ATP MASTERS 1000 FINALS – Federer is the first player to reach the final in all nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in his career. He is 17-12 in finals and he’s trying to become the second player to win seven different titles, joining Andre Agassi. Here is a look at each tournament:
                                         Titles           Finals
- Indian Wells                     2004-06       --------
- Miami                              2005-06       2002
- Monte Carlo                      ----------       2006-08
- Madrid                             2006, ’09      2007, ‘10
- Rome                               ----------       2003, ‘06
- Canada (Montreal/Toronto) 2004, ‘06     2007, ‘10
- Cincinnati                          2005, ’07,    ---------
                                          09-10 
- Shanghai                           ---------        2010
- Paris                                 2011 Final (vs. Tsonga)
Note: Also reached five finals in Hamburg, winning title in 2002, ’04-05 and ’07;  R-up in ‘08)

DOUBLES FINAL – INDO-PAK EXPRESS IN FIRST ATP MASTERS 1000 FINAL VS FRENCH DUO
• No. 7 seeds Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi have taken out two higher-seeded teams en route to Sunday’s final, No. 2 seeds Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic in the quarter-finals, 36 64 10-6, and No. 3 seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor in the semi-finals, 63 76(7)
• Bopanna and Qureshi are playing their 11th overall ATP World Tour doubles final (3-7 in their first 10)
• Bopanna and Qureshi are playing their first ATP Masters 1000 final together and second-biggest overall final, after a runner-up finish at the US Open last year (l. to Bryans); all other finals were at the 250 level
• The wild card unseeded duo of Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut have upset two seeded teams to reach the final, first No. 1 seeds the Bryan brothers in the second round, 76(6) 36 10-8, then No. 6 seeds Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski in the quarter-finals, 62 36 10-7
• Benneteau and Mahut are playing in their fourth ATP World Tour doubles final together (2-1 mark), which all came at the 250 level - winning Metz in 2003 and Lyon in 2009, runners-up at Lyon in 2003)
• Individual doubles final W-L records: Bopanna (4-12), Qureshi (4-7), Benneteau (6-4), Mahut (3-3)
• Bopanna and Qureshi are both 31 years old, Benneteau and Mahut are both 29 years old

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