| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo credit: Kenneth B. Goldberg

Roger Federer ended the 2011 season on the high side after defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-1, 7-6, to win his first Paris Masters event title and the 69th title of his career. He has won 16 Grand Slams and has never reached the Paris final, however, gave it his all to save two break points after his opening service game.

"I'm just ecstatic to have played so well this week. I have had many attempts to win Paris and for some reason I wasn't able to. It's a special victory," said Federer.

Federer took six weeks off after his Davis Cup playoff against Australia and has felt it has paid off in the long run. "I always plan in the long term. I know how grueling it is out there. Even I need my time away," said Federer.

The Paris Masters win places Federer ahead of Andre Agassi and one behind Rafael Nadal on the Masters title scoreboard. He now heads into the eight-man ATP World Tour Finals in London after another 12-match winning path.

"I can finish this year on a high," said Federer of the ATP World Tour Finals. "Now I have a massive highlight coming up in a week's time."

Having won the Swiss Indoors and Paris Masters back-to-back, taking his total career wins to 802, Federer heads to London in great form.