Roger Federer is through to his tenth straight appearance at the World Tour Finals and is searching for a record sixth victory.

It has far from been a vintage year for the Swiss superstar. He has dropped to number four, an eight year low and he has only made one grand slam final.

The year started well. He collected the Doha title after defeating Nikolay Davydenko in straight sets. He then made the semi finals of the Australian Open losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic also trumped Federer in the finals in Dubai and the semis of Indian Wells, taking Federer’s number two ranking.

Federer then reached the semi finals of Miami but went down to Rafael Nadal. Moving to the European clay courts Federer went down to Jurgen Melzer in the quarters of in Monte Carlo and in the semi finals of Madrid to Rafael Nadal.

Moving to Rome Federer could not make it past the third round falling to Gilles Simon. Federer turned this result around in Paris. Federer became the first man to defeat Novak Djokovic after downing the Serb in the semi finals of the French Open. However Federer could not repeat the performance against Nadal in the final going down in four sets.

The world number three then fell in the quarter finals to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, losing his first ever match after winning the first two sets. Tsonga was again the victor in the third round at Montreal before Tomas Berdych defeated the Swiss in the quarters in Cincinnati.

Federer again hit top form in the majors and had two match points against Novak Djokovic in the semis before going down.

After missing the Shanghai Masters Federer returned to his hometown tournament in Basel and won his fifth title there defeating Kei Nishikori in the final. Federer repeated his success in Paris-Bercy defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets in the final.

Federer takes a 12 match winning streak into the season ending event and will face Tsonga in his opening match. The Swiss has a 6-3 record over the Frenchman including victory in their last two meetings. Federer will also face nemesis Rafael Nadal in the Round Robin. Nadal has a 17-8 advantage though the pair has a 4-4 record on a hard court and Nadal has not defeated Federer in the season ending event in three attempts. Mardy Fish rounds out Group B and trails Federer 6-1 though the pair has only met once since 2008.

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About Courtney Rees

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

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