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Roger Federer won his first Paris Masters title with a 6-1 7-6 victory in the final against Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

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The 30-year-old Swiss third seed became only the second player after Andre Agassi to win titles at Roland Garros and Bercy – the two men’s Paris tournaments – thanks to a suberb display over 85 breathtaking minutes. Federer raced to a 4-0 lead and claimed the opening set in 30 minutes against the sixth seed thanks to his sharp first serve and devastating forehand. The Frenchman at least made a contest of the second set, threatening to break on two occasions, but it eventually went to a tiebreak which Federer won 7-3 after racing into a 4-0 lead.

It was Federer’s third ATP title of the year after tournament wins in Doha and his home town of Basel last week. It was also his 18th Masters title, second only to Rafael Nadal who has one more to his name. Tsonga had two break points in the first game but Federer held him off with two first-serve winners. The Swiss moved 4-0 up after a Tsonga return went wide and a double fault earned him a double break, as a frustrated Tsonga struggled for ideas in front of vociferous support from the majority of a 14,500 crowd. Tsonga had a flicker of a chance in the second set, earning a break point in the fourth game with a sizzling crosscourt passing shot, but blew his opportunity by sending a forehand wide. Tsonga faced a break point in the 10th game but staved it off at the net and the contest went into a tiebreak which Federer won comfortably.

Federer, who had been facing the prospect of failing to win either a grand slam or a Masters title in a season for the first time since 2001, said: “I’m very happy with my performance today. I’m amazed by how well I played. “I don’t think Jo played a bad match. It’s good to complete the tournament so solidly.” Tsonga admitted: “I’m a bit disappointed that I have not been able to play better. He was better today. He was just too quick.”

Federer will head to the ATP Tour Finals in London next week on a 12-match winning streak, after claiming his 69th career title from 99 finals.

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