Roger Federer finally clinched his spot in the year-end ATP Finals after contender Jo-Wilfried Tsonga lost to Kei Nishikori in the second round of the Paris Masters today.
Tsonga entered the day in 10th position but with the event in his home and indoors, he was expected to make a run, but those dreams were dashed today in a 1-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(7) heartbreaker to Nishikori.
“I believe he managed well, because I could have won that match,” said Tsonga, the 2008 Paris champ. “He was very solid, especially during the important moments of the match.
“I played the kind of tennis I have to play all the time, and that’s why I’m not totally down,” said Tsonga who missed most of last half of the season with a knee. “I believe there is something I can do for the future. Of course, I really have to improve my physical condition. I have to work a lot and very hard during the break. But if I’m able to play very solid matches like I played for the first set, it’s going to be good.”
Tsonga’s countryman Richard Gasquet stayed alive in the London hunt with a 7-5, 6-7(6), 6-3.
“I felt bad,” said Gasquet afterwards. “I had two match points and I was close to winning the match. There was a tie-break after that, and I thought it was very tough to lose that second set. Physically, it was tough. It could have turned around in his favor. I was lucky.”
Also winning today was Novak Djokovic, Jerzy Janovic and Grigor Dimitrov. Djokovic eased past 22-year-old French qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6, 6-3 to win his 13th straight match.
On tap Wednesday, Roger Federer faces big-serving Kevin Anderson who earned a when when Mikhail Youzhny retired with a an elbow injury in the third set. Rafael Nadal meets countryman Marcel Granollers and the streaking Juan Martin Del Potro duels Marin Cilic who’s coming off a doping ban.
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