Federer to meet Tsonga for ATP title

Nov. 26, 2011 at 6:05 PM
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LONDON, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga claimed spots in the ATP World Tour Finals championship Saturday with semifinal wins in London.

The two will square off for the eighth time this season after Federer downed David Ferrer 7-5, 6-3 in the day's first semifinal match and Tsonga put up a 6-3, 7-5 win against Tomas Berdych in the other.

It will be the 100th career title match for the Swiss superstar, who is seeking his sixth career win at the season-ending event. It also continues a late-season hot streak for Federer, who took his 16th straight match dating back to a loss to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the U.S. Open.

He joins Jimmy Connors (163), Ivan Lendl (146), John McEnroe (108) and Guillermo Vilas (104) as the only players in the Open Era to reach at least 100 finals.

Ferrer fell to 0-12 in his career against Federer, including a loss in the World Tour final in 2007 when it was held in Shanghai.

Tsonga, meanwhile, fired seven aces and won 90 percent of his first-serve points in his triumph over Berdych, who committed 13 unforced errors in the first set and never recovered.

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