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It’s Roger again. . .and again. . .and again. . .
Sorry if my headline is misleading – it only feels like Federer and Tsonga have played 100 times, given that this is their third meeting in three Sundays and eighth of the season. Roger’s actually playing in the 100th ATP final of his career, and for a record-setting sixth year ending championship. Right now he shares the record of five year end titles one with Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras. Roger earned this latest record-breaking opportunity by playing scintillating tennis in the round robin stages this week and toughing out an extremely tight first set against the never-to-be-underestimated David Ferrer on Saturday. The win cements his year end ranking at No. 3, elbowing Andy Murray back outside the top three.
“There’s a lot on the line, and in a way, there’s not,” Federer said after his semifinal (via ESPN). “All I can do is try to play a good match against a dangerous player.”
That dangerous player is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who has to be hoping that the third time’s the charm against Federer this fall. Tsonga beat Berdych in his semi.
Am I sick of leftover turkey yet? Maybe. How about Tsonga vs. Federer? No way!
I’m looking forward to sitting down on Sunday with my last turkey sandwich of the weekend, enjoying the last ATP match of the season with Tsonga and Federer. US viewers, don’t forget it’s being broadcast on ESPN2.