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

Roger Federer held his own in the ATP World Tour Finals, where he defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in three sets 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3 to take his sixth title at this event. After a year of close misses by Federer, he was able to recover from a lost second set tiebreaker to defeat the Frenchman.

"I know it's one of my greatest accomplishments. This definitely is an amazing finish again to the season. I've never finished so strong," said Federer. Federer played impressive tennis this past week where the top eight players of the world faced off. In a previous match, Federer faced Rafael Nadal, where he defeated him in a quick two sets 6-3, 6-0.

Tsonga was also the first player to rally from a two-set deficit and win over Federer earlier this year at Wimbledons quarterfinals, but was unable to do it once again. This was Federer's 100th career final where he took his 70th title after hitting a simple volley. "I think that was the difference to other matches this year, where I lost so closely. This time around I was still able to find a way through. I think that was the difference at times during the year, which didn't make this an absolutely phenomenal year," said the Swiss.

Federer did however finish this season without a Grand Slam title for the first time since 02' after losing a two-set lead up against Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the U.S. Open. "I still don't feel like I'm better than Pete Sampras, or Lendl for that matter. I still believe they are two of the all-time greats to play the game. I'm just happy to be compared to them," said Federer.