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Federer finally wins elusive Paris Masters title

sports Updated: Nov 14, 2011 23:32 IST

Roger Federer has claimed his first BNP Paribas Masters 1000 title with a 6-1, 7-3 (3), victory over sixth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

The Swiss world number four will now take a 12-match unbeaten streak to defend the Barclays World Tour title he won last year in London.

This is also the first time in Masters 1000 history that all nine champions during the season were ranked in the top four in the world.

Federer came under some pressure early in his match Sunday, but fought off two break points in the opening game and proceeded to break Tsonga in the next.

“These two games may have decided the outcome of the match,” the Swiss said. “It gave me great confidence.”

The No. 3 seed raced through the first set in 30 minutes, building a 5-0 lead before Tsonga managed to get on the scoreboard.

After saving two break points in the second set, Federer quickly gained control in the tie-break; he rolled out to a 6-1 lead and clinched the title on his third championship point.

"I'm just really ecstatic to have played so well this week from start to finish," said Federer.

"Basically from first ball struck against (Adrian) Mannarino all the way until the very end here. 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.”

Bopanna-Qureshi 5th ranked team

New Delhi: The Paris Masters win catapulted Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi to fifth from seventh in the latest ATP Team Rankings, issued on Monday.

They will now play in the season-ending finale in London from November 20.

In the individual rankings, Bopanna was back in top-10 as he gained six places while Qureshi was ninth.