Now that he has successfully qualified for the ATP Word Tour Finals, Roger Federer (Player Profile) can focus on the task at hand: winning the Paris Masters for the second time in his career. After his triumph over Anderson, Federer will now meet Philipp Kohlschreiber (Player Profile) for the ninth time on the professional tour and leads the series with a perfect 7-0 record against the German (plus one walkover). Check out the Federer v Kohlschreiber Head to Head.
Federer opened up the match against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in arguably the best form since the beginning of the season as he quickly broke Anderson’s serve and raced to a 3-1 lead early and maintained that break advantage to take the set 6-4. Federer would break twice in the second frame but Anderson would prove strong-headed and continue to put up a fight late in the set. Federer’s focus did slip in the second set as he forfeited one of the breaks as he was serving for the match but managed to regroup and finish the match with a 6-4, 6-4 scoreline.
The win guaranteed him a spot at the ATP World Tour Finals next month in the London O2 Arena, where he will be participating in the prestigious event for the 12th consecutive time. Following what is undoubtedly his worst season on tour in the last decade, this is a fantastic way to close out the season as he secures a spot in the top 8 in the world. The Swiss star understands that his performance in Paris could provide momentum heading into the year-end championships and intends to take advantage of his improved gameplay.
Kohlschreiber thoroughly decimated fellow countryman Tommy Haas, taking out the World No. 12 6-2, 6-2 to reach the third round of the tournament. The German can take some redemption from the victory as he failed to win a title this year after reaching the final in Stuttgart and in Munich, where he lost to Haas. He has since recovered with a strong showing at the US Open, where he got to the final 16 before losing to eventual champion Rafael Nadal. Since then, he has not been past the second round of any tournament until today, when he defeated Haas for the second time in two weeks.
The German is 0-7 against top ten competition, which does not bode well for his chances against the former World No. 1 tomorrow afternoon. In all seven of their previous meetings, Kohlschreiber has only taken a set or more off Federer on one occasion: the 2009 Wimbledon Championships, where they went four thrilling sets. Even with Roger far from his best, it is hard to imagine the German pulling off the upset. This will likely end in straight sets, with Federer advancing to the quarter-finals.
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