Roger Federer has claimed the only top tier title that has alluded win after defeating Jo-Wilfred Tsonga 6-1 7-6(3) to claim the Paris-Bercy event.

It is the 18th ATP Masters crown that the world number four has won, surpassing Andre Agassi, and now places him one shy of Rafael Nadal’s record 19.

Having never reached the final in Paris before Federer wasted no time stamping his authority on the match racing to a 5-0 lead before closing out the set 6-1 in just 30 minutes.

The world number eight who was looking for his second Paris-Bercy title, after winning the event in 2008, responded in the second set to force a tiebreak, before Federer ran away with the tiebreak and the match winning on this third championship point.

The 30-year-old Swiss is undefeated since having losing after having match points to Novak Djokovic in the semis of the US Open, following his win in Basel last and becomes only the third player to win an ATP Tour event aged 30 or older this year joining Radek Stepanek (32) and Juan Carlos Ferrero (31).

Both players will turn their attention to the final event of the year the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Tsonga is only making his second appearance at the event whilst Federer in his tenth straight season ending championship. If he is to reach the final it will be his 100th tour level final.

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About Courtney Rees

Sports media graduate working in online news. This is becoming my sporting outlet

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