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Roger Federer v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as it happened


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By Saj Chowdhury

1620: OK, tennis fans that's that... for now. The Master Blaster is in town. It's Rafael Nadal v Mardy Fish at 2000 GMT. I'll be here just before racquet-off and there will be live coverage on BBC Radio 5 live extra. You can read the full report of Federer's win over Tsonga, courtesy of David Ornstein on this website. Type later.

reenawizlove on Twitter: "Federer, Henry, Arshavin under the same roof .. aaww! #bbctennis #afc"

Mark Hilton, coach of British junior and Wimbledon boys' runner-up Liam Broady: "Following the BBC live text from Florida, where we're preparing for the the Under-18 Orange Bowl - the season-end world championships - which start on 5 December. Working hard right until the end of the year!"

1610: By the way if anybody finds the two missing text entries in the deciding set then please return to me. Maybe, they're down the sofa or something.

BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter at the O2 Arena: "Federer beats Tsonga 6-2 2-6 6-4 in 1hr28mins to get his bid for a record 6th season-end title off to a fine start #bbctennis."

Roger Federer on BBC Two: "Jo-Wilfried served well in the second set and it was hard to control the rallies at the baseline. I think this is the best i've played all year [13 wins successive wins]. I had some good time off before playing great at Basle and Paris."

The match is over

Federer 6-2 2-6 6-4 Tsonga
It's not the time for errors Tsonga. But a double fault and a missed volley is followed by a decent Federer return - three match points for Fed. Tsonga saves one, but Federer lures Tsonga to the net then passes him. Federer wins.
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Federer 6-2 2-6 5-4 Tsonga*
Tsonga seems to be holding for a tie-break scrap as Federer moves 5-4 ahead. Risky. World number two Rafael Nadal gets a cheer from the crowd after the camera operator puts his face up on the big screens. Nadal plays Mardy Fish at 2000 GMT.
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Federer 6-2 2-6 4-4 Tsonga*
Tsonga fires down aces on his way to holding serve. I'm sensing a tie-break.
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*Federer 6-2 2-6 4-3 Tsonga
Federer holds serve with a forehand winner. He takes a break, a swig of water then throws the empty bottle over his head and on to the floor. Call me Miss.Marple, but I don't think he's entirely happy at the moment.
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*Federer 6-2 2-6 3-3 Tsonga*
A much tighter game. It's 30-30. Federer finds a piece of 'something' from possibly a previous event on the court. As if this match isn't dramatic enough. Federer takes the game to deuce but his French opponent holds with a slam-dunk of an overhead.
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Federer 6-2 2-6 3-2 Tsonga*
Federer repeats the trick. Apologies, if you've spotted that a couple of entries have gone missing below. A computer glitch. We're trying to find them - I think they were Pulitzer Prize winning.
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*Federer 6-2 2-6 2-2 Tsonga
Tsonga cruises through his service game. Who'll be the first to... er... break.
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Federer 6-2 2-6 2-1 Tsonga*
More great athleticism from Tsonga - backhand smash at the net. It's 40-30 but the Federer fires a forehand volley wide. Oh dear. It's deuce. But Roger holds when Jo-Wilfried returns into the net.
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Federer 6-2 2-6 1-0 Tsonga*
That's better Roger. He wins the first game of the deciding set.
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*Federer 6-2 2-6 Tsonga
Tsonga plays a 'Federer' when he dinks over a lovely half-volley at the net with plenty of backspin. The Frenchman goes on to level the match.
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donChristo716 on Twitter: "Federer having his standard 2nd set lull! He always has a mental breather! Come the 3rd, he'll be back!"

Federer 6-2 2-5 Tsonga*
Much better from Federer. He plays a delightful looping backhand to go 30-15. Tsonga bites back with a lovely return off Fed's trademark kicking serve. Fed is about to wrap up, but Tsonga booms a cross-court return which his opponent only saw as it passed him. Deuce time. Tsonga has another break point then sends Federer wide with a vicious return. Well, well...
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*Federer 6-2 2-4 Tsonga
Tsonga's beginning to hammer the ball back at Federer - it's working well. Despite a double fault, his serves are causing problems too, although it's strange that Federer can't find his range.
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Federer 6-2 2-3 Tsonga*
It's Tsonga's turn to return long, but that's partly because of more good variations on serve by Federer. Fed fires a serve into the corner which Tsonga fails to judge with his return. Serve held.
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*Federer 6-2 1-3 Tsonga
Federer has suddenly forgotten how to return in court. Tsonga is serving well and fires down an ace to hold serve.
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BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter at the O2 Arena: "Federer dominating Tsonga already - two breaks for a 6-2 first set. Cowbells ringing, Mirka smiling, Henry waving."

Federer 6-2 1-2 Tsonga*
Federer returns long which brings about a polite cheer from the o2 crowd - they want this to go on a little longer than an hour. Is Federer playing to the crowd? Only joking, but the Fed sends a forehand horribly wide to give Tsonga break point. He'll save though. No he doesn't. Federer repeats the forehand howler. Tsonga breaks.
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*Federer 6-2 1-1 Tsonga
That's more like it Jo-Wilfried. Two cracking forehands sees the Queen's finalist level.
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Federer 6-2 1-0 Tsonga*
Blimey! He's not hanging about is our Roger. He wins the first game of the second set to love. Maybe he wants to get down to Oxford Street before the shops shut.
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*Federer 6-2 Tsonga
Tsonga's not quite found his feet. A double-fault gives Federer break point and set point. The Frenchman comes to the net but messes up a volley. If only Tsonga was renowned for comebacks against Federer....if only... if only...
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Federer 5-2 Tsonga*
Federer's mixing up his serves - a brilliant weapon. They're not particularly fast but he puts so much kick on them. An easy game for the former world number one.
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*Federer 4-2 Tsonga
Far more aggressive from Tsonga - coming to the net to punch home a winner. He holds serve, but now needs to force a break back.
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JoannaHoare on Twitter: "Tennis on terrestrial. What a treat. Can't wait to be there on Thursday"

Federer 4-1 Tsonga*
Classy stuff from Federer to go 40-0 up before he misjudges a Tsonga return which he thought was going long. The big Swiss man's allowed a mistake now and again, I suppose. He holds serve.
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*Federer 3-1 Tsonga
Federer goes 15-0 up on Tsonga's serve then controls the longest rally of the match to force the error. Tsonga sends a forehand wide and faces break point. The French world number six goes wide again to give Federer the break. A gift, really.
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Federer 2-1 Tsonga*
Good return at the body forces Federer to make a mistake at the net with a volley. It's 30-30. Super Fed gets out of mini-trouble, winning the game with an overhead.
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*Federer 1-1 Tsonga
A couple of rallies as the players get accustomed to the surface. Nothing thrilling so far, Tsonga levels.
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Federer 1-0 Tsonga*
Routine start for defending champion Federer. A few serves that kicked up and a nice volley at the net.
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1424: We're about to start. Federer to serve.

1423: Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry is sitting next to Roger Federer's other half - that's nice.

1420: The players are fine-tuning before the match starts. Just a reminder that Rafael Nadal plays Mardy Fish at about 2000 GMT. I'll be here for that too.

BrianMok8 on Twitter: "Atmosphere looks amazing!"

BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter at the O2 Arena: "It's not often you see North Greenwich tube station teeming on a foggy Sunday morning, but that's exactly what it was today, the sense of excitement palpable as fans from near and afar converged on the O2 Arena. The 17,500-capacity stadium was almost full for the opening match of the tournament, a victory for Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor over Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi in the men's doubles. However, that was only the warm-up act. Federer v Tsonga is a complete sell-out, so hotly-anticipated that footballers Thierry Henry and Andrey Arshavin apparently reserved their seats as soon as the draw was made. The lights have been dimmed, the music is pumping and the dry ice is ready. The 2011 ATP World Tour Finals are upon us."

1415: Federer comes out to the same song. What about something by the London Boys? Erm...

1414: The players are coming out, the tannoy man is excited, the crowd are excited. Tsonga comes out to London Calling by The Clash. Nice, but obvious.

1412: So, you're asking, how does this ATP Finals thing work? There are two groups containing the top eight players in the world. Group A is made up of Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych; Group B consists of Rafael Nadal, Federer, Tsonga and Mardy Fish. Now for the science bit from the ATP website:
"All players play three round-robin matches against rivals in their group to determine a winner and runner-up from each group, who advance to the knockout stage of the tournament. In the semi-finals the winner of Group A plays the runner-up of Group B and the winner of Group B plays the runner-up of Group A. Semi-final winners advance to the final."

1411: Hey refresh fans, if you refresh this page you'll be able to see a video link at the top and a 5 live extra link on the top right.

Former British number on Tim Henman BBC Two: "Roger is the favourite, but this is an uncomfortable match for him."

1407: I'm sure you guys would like to chat about this match and the end-of-season finale - you can get involved by using Twitter (via hashtag #BBCTennis), or by messaging me direct or text us on 81111 (UK) with TENNIS. Bases covered.

BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter at the O2 Arena: "Thierry Henry and Andrey Arshavin head the list of celebs here at the O2 for day1 of the @ATPWorldTour finals"

1402: Our man David Ornstein is at the o2 for the ATP World Tour Finals, he's been star-spotting...

1400: Unsurprisingly, Federer leads the head-to-heads 6-3. The Swiss star recently beat Tsonga in Paris but the 26-year-old Frenchman did pull off one of the wins of the tennis year when he defeated Federer in a five-set epic in the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

1358: It has been a pretty good 2011 for Tsonga. It did begin badly though, having dropped to 18th after failing to reach the second week of the Australian Open. But two Tour wins and also appearances in the final at Queen's, the semi-finals of Wimbledon and the recent Paris Masters final saw him rise up to the heady heights of sixth. So, the Federer v Tsonga record?

1355: You know how they say, "form is temporary, class is permanent"? Well, defending champion Roger Federer comes to London as a 'lowly' world number four, but, wait for this, he's won his last 12 matches. Looking at the negative, if Federer does not win his sixth Finals crown then it would be first time since 2002 that he would have failed to lift a major title during a season. That's not going to happen though eh? By the way, you can watch the match live here, on BBC Two and/or follow the coverage on BBC 5 live sports extra. Now on to his French opponent...

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