Paris Flashback: Roger Federer passes Andre Agassi on ultimate Masters 1000 record



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Paris Flashback: Roger Federer passes Andre Agassi on ultimate Masters 1000 record

Roger Federer made the Paris Masters debut at 19 in 2000 and failed to achieve notable results despite being one of the most explosive indoor players. Putting the Masters Cup at the top of his priorities, the Swiss entered the 2010 edition of the Paris Masters with a mediocre 7-6 score, wasting five match points in the semi-final against Gael Monfils that year in one of the craziest matches of the season.

Roger played well in 2011 again, winning Doha before some tight losses against Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the latter stages of the big tournaments, including the semi-final of the US Open in another thriller versus Novak.

After that, the great Swiss finished the season on a high note, conquering Basel, Paris and the ATP Finals to complete the year inside the top-3 behind Nadal and Djokovic. Nadal was not in Paris, and the top six seeds reached the quarter-final alongside Juan Monaco and John Isner.

Novak Djokovic gave Jo-Wilfried Tsonga a walkover before the tournament lost Andy Murray and David Ferrer. The doors were wide open for Roger, who toppled Juan Monaco and Tomas Berdych for his first Paris Bercy final, facing the 2008 champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who ousted John Isner after a great battle.

In the title match, Roger took down Jo-Wilfried 6-1, 7-6 in an hour and 26 minutes on November 13 for his 18th Masters 1000 title, moving ahead of the previous record-holder Andre Agassi. It was the ninth match between Roger and Jo-Wilfried and already the sixth of the season, and Federer scored his sixth victory to soften that terrible Wimbledon defeat when he was two sets to love up before going out.

It was all about him in the final, fending off all four break points and stealing Tsonga's serve twice in the opener to build an initial lead. The Frenchman could not follow Roger's numbers behind the initial shot, facing five break chances and suffering those two breaks in the first set before competing on a higher level in set number two to reach a tie break.

Roger Federer won the title at the Paris Masters in 2011, beating Tsonga in the final.

The home favorite had 25 winners in comparison to Roger's 21, although that was not enough for a more positive outcome after spraying more forced and unforced errors.

Federer created the most significant difference in the shortest points up to four strokes, playing well on the second serve and with the initial groundstroke to leave Jo-Wilfried behind and celebrate the straight-sets victory.

Interestingly, Roger had to repel two break points in the encounter's first game, blasting two service winners to avoid an early setback and settling into an excellent rhythm. Tsonga sent a forehand long in the second game to suffer a break and hit a double fault at 0-3 for another poor service game and the worst start.

Roger landed four winners in game five and closed the set with a forehand winner for 6-1 after 30 minutes. Jo-Wilfried earned a break opportunity with a forehand crosscourt winner in the fourth game of the second set but could not control the second serve return, sending it long to miss a massive opportunity for a 3-1 lead.

A return winner gave Tsonga another break chance at 4-3, squandering it when his forehand landed long and allowing Roger to survive and level the score. The Frenchman served well in the second set before game nine when he offered Roger a break opportunity, erasing it with a perfect serve & volley combo and closing the game with a service winner for a 5-4 advantage.

Both players played well in their games after that to set up a tie break, and Federer grabbed an early mini-break when Tsonga netted an easy forehand. Two winners moved the Swiss 3-0 up, and he wrapped up the victory after forcing Jo-Wilfried's error in the tenth point to celebrate his first and only Masters 1000 crown in Paris at 30!