17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer (Player Profile) has officially qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals next week in London. It is the Swiss’ 12 consecutive appearance at the year-end championships, which ties the record with former Czech No. 1 Ivan Lendl.
Federer opened up the match in arguably his best form over the past 8 months as he quickly broke Anderson’s serve and raced to a 3-1 lead early. The towering South African was still competitive following his early slip-up and maintained the pressure to hold his serve and stay with the former World No. 1. Anderson kept on asking the questions when 3-4 down, but Federer would not have any of it, eventually taking the opening set 6-4. While Federer started the match in impressive fashion, the errors began to creep into his game later in the set, which certainly kept the crowd on the edge of their seats.
Roger came out sharp once again and attempted to break Anderson in the opening game of the second but a few strong serves saved Anderson from his errors in the opening set. Although Anderson remained head-strong in his quest to defeat the Swiss, he was incapable of controlling the rallies and continued to suffer to Federer’s forehand and eventually conceded a second break point to give Federer a 3-1 lead in the second set. Federer would break a second time and serve for the match but a poor service game would allow Anderson another opportunity to stay in the set. Following that slight stumble, the Swiss star would take the second opportunity to close out the match and secure a 6-4, 6-4 victory and his golden ticket to the Tour Finals.
Federer’s route to the year-end championships has been a turbulent one as he had several opportunities to qualify prior to this one, including one last week had he defeated defending champion Juan Martin Del Potro on home soil in the Basel final. Although this may have been the case, with the early exits of Tsonga in the Paris Masters and Wawrinka and Gasquet in previous events, luck has certainly played its part for Federer to qualify for the prestigious event. Now that he has reached the third round in Paris, he is guaranteed a qualifying spot in the finals.
The former World no. 1 will meet Philipp Kohlschreiber in the third round after the German breezed past Tommy Haas 6-2, 6-2 earlier today.