Day 1: Federer v Tsonga Tennis: World Tour Finals


Day 1: Federer v Tsonga

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This is day one of the season ending showdown in men's tennis.

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Only the top eight up in London for We have travelled vast distances to

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be here. Across continents we have risen to every challenge. After the

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glory of the Grand Slams... magic of the Masters 1000s...

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the triumphs of the day... And now London is calling. Many began, just

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a few remain. To be the last man standing... Wouldn't that be

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something! Just one question A very good afternoon to you from

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the O2. These World Tour finals are a fantastic end-of-season finale.

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It is only the top eight players who are here. It is across all

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tournaments, including the four Grand Slams and the nine Masters

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tournaments. The eight players are split into two round-robin groups.

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The winners and runners up from those round-robin groups go through

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to the semi-final and a final. All will become clear. They could be

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some mathematics, we will see. Tim Henman is with me in the studio.

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You were part of this twice. What does it feel like from the

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perspective of a player? It is a fantastic achievement and fantastic

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reflection on your performance of that given here. There are no two

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ways of qualifying, no while cars - - wild cards. It is what he set out

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for at the beginning of the year. Behind us is a doubles match. The

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doubles guys have just finished. Max Mirnyi and Max Napster have

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finished. -- Daniel Nestor have finished. They beat the Indian pair.

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Next up is Roger Federer against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. They're a two

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of the most exciting players. Roger has to be favoured to win this one,

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doesn't he? It is an uncomfortable match for him. Some there is so

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powerful and so athletic. A lot of the time you feel that Roger can

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dictate the outcome. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has showed on a couple of

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occasions that he is dangerous. Reflecting on the match at

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Wimbledon, he was able to come out on top. Roger is down to at No.

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Four in the world at the moment. He is five-times champion. He is in

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Group B at the moment. This is the group the matches come from today.

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Tomorrow it is Murray at 2pm. The Top Frenchman is world No. 6. Later

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on it is Nadal up against Fish. They're in the same group.

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Congratulations to Mardy Fish. It is his first time at the World Tour

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is his first time at the World Tour finals. It is a great achievement.

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He has come in towards the latter end of his career. He is 30 years

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of age. It is a great reflection of how consistent he has played. He

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had a lot of success on a hard court in America. He has had a few

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injuries but hopefully he has had a chance to recover. Later on this

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week we will be watching the Dom against Federer. This is the other

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group. -- Nadal. Andy Murray has just gone up to world No. 3. I must

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tell you that Murray, the only winning record he has against any

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of those players, is against Ferrer. We will kick it off tomorrow

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afternoon with Murray against Ferrer. Roger Federer has had so

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many career years. He has had so many years where he has lit up the

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World of Tennis. This year people are talking about him being average

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- somehow mediocre. I do not think he sees it that way. Not at all. He

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set the bar so high. He has lost a couple of those matches where he

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has won them in the past. At Wimbledon he was up two sets to

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left. Against never Djokovic he had two match points in of this set. He

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has had a few tough losses. -- the 5th set. A lot of people would take

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his year. World ranking number four. He has spent so young -- so long in

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the top two. He comes in as five- times champion with something to

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It has been a tough year. I have had some brutal losses. I felt my

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game was good enough to do some serious damage and to win some of

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the biggest titles. Maybe I did not win momentum. I was never allowed

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to do that. I made mistakes. Novak Djokovic played an amazing season.

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Considering, I think I did really well. Maybe it does not reflect

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sometimes. He does not have a lot to prove. Roger does not play for

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records. He did not know he won his eight and Rick's career match. --

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800th. With a player like Roger, it is inevitable you're going to be

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breaking records along the way. He has had 59 victories the Shia and

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no losses. People are trying to question his levels. -- this year.

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Golfers always say, when they could have scored better, which is just

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about every single time, as you well know. They always say when

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they come off the course, they could have been two or three shots

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lower. Federer has had one up of those years. He left a few matches

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out there. He has done such a good job of winning those in the big

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matches, in the big tournaments. This year, the semi-finals of the

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US opens to have two match points on his serve when Djokovic hit that

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incredible return. I think his performance in the last couple of

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weeks, indoors he won in Basel, he won the Masters Open in Paris. He

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will be ready to go. He knows what he is facing in Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

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He can force the match. He can almost blow you off the court and

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there is nothing you can do. This is his year. He has risen to No. 6

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in the world, based on his It has been a very good year.

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Indoors, dust recently, he has won. You are not the new boy it anymore,

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so you are not so nervous question I am really happy to be here.

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nervous? It was difficult to qualify this year. I have done a

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great job since the beginning of the year. I'm happy to play here. I

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will enjoy this moment for sure. Getting into the top eight, it is

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very difficult. What does it mean to you? It is really good. When you

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finish in the top eight, it is because you made a lot of

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sacrifices. You practise a lot and you play well. We are looking

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forward to seeing that celebration dance this week. Why did you start

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doing that? I started doing that because come at the first time I

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entered into the top 100, I plays. I've played against Lleyton Hewitt

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to enter the world top 100. I won this match. At the end of this

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match, I decided to do this, I do not know why. The English crowd

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loves it. I thought, OK, the English crowd loves it, everyone

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will love it. You have a tough group. It will always be difficult.

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You have beaten Federer and Nadal this year. You must think you can

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beat them again. I have already beaten them this year. I expect to

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win some matches, of course. He has an absolutely charming smile and

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man about him. To actually play against him, what is it like to

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feel the force of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga coming at you? It is an

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intimidating force. He is so athletic come up so physical. Some

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of the technical aspects of his game, you would not say they are so

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sound. Because he is athletic, he can get away with it. He can

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generate enough power on the court. He has been likened to Muhammad Ali,

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certainly in terms of physical stature of, he has it. The

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introductions are about to be made at the O2. He does not like to be

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too structured about the way he plays well stuck he likes to let it

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blow and see what comes out of his racket. -- he plays. He can blow

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Federer off the court. Unlikely, but he is capable. This apposite is

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right up his street. -- atmosphere. Two groups of four. This is the

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first singles match at the Buckley's ATP World Tour finals. It

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is a superb 17th 1500 seat arena for these players, as they make

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their way through to the curtains, where they will be held before

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being introduced to the crowd. It is beautifully staged we are glad

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it is in England's capital city. You can see from the smiles on the

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 50 seconds

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players' faces, how much they Looking typically overwrought,

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Roger Federer. The Panther takes to the court at the O2. I swear he'd

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just strolls a little bit slower, year by year. He has done it all

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the 4th. Earlier on this week, he was practising with Tim Henman, who

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is with me in the studio boss dub if Roger can deal with my forehand,

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he has nothing to worry about with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. You saw both

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players walking out. They both look incredibly relaxed. It is a

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different format with the round robin. The person who loses can

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still go through to the semi-finals. If you win, it sets you are nicely.

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A lot to played for this afternoon. -- sets you are nicely. We are

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kicking off with Federer against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. You have 25

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seconds between the points. If you want to make a challenge, tried to

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it in a timely manner. Any Questions? Heads is called. Tails.

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There is just confirmation that the coin used does have a heads and a

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tails. Everyone is on show here. That is good work. I like the

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attitude of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga about not having a coach, not being

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in a structure. He likes to play freely and have a flow. What should

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his game plan B? He has to have a hot streak. We see that flare in

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all sports. When they are on, they are difficult to beat. If he stuck

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struggling with his backhand and does not make enough first serves,

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he will struggle. They were playing in Paris at the last of the Masters

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series event of the year just seven days ago. Federer had never won

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this event before. He got the victory. He is in absolutely

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cracking form. It had been very different earlier this year, at

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Wimbledon. Do you remember this I felt I was playing well. I felt

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like I got a bit of a lucky break. He clipped the line and ended up

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turning the whole match around. From that moment, I was just

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playing so well. I was two sets down. Even me, I was not sure to

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come back. I did it and it was just Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is looking to

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turn this into a massive match. No one is going to beat him in a

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muscle match. That is it! He causes the upset of the tournament.

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Wilfried Tsonga was unplayable almost. Every time I had a slight

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chance, he would shut the door on me. It was a special feeling for me

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to beat Roger on Centre Court. It was really nice. I am sure it was

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really nice. He would go on to lose to Novak Djokovic in the semi-final.

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A head-to-head between Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, it is 4-2 to

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Federer. They played in Rome earlier this year. There is the

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Wimbledon victory. It is the first time that Federer had lost from two

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sets up and lost. In Montreal, Jo- Wilfried Tsonga or won. In the US

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Open, in the quarter-final, Federer won. There was the victory in Paris

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just a week ago, so it is relevant. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga attacked second

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serves, served big and used all his athleticism but it was not enough.

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We are going to the commentary box now. When you look at the context

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of this match, it is a different scenario. It is not the first round

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match where, if you lose, you go home. Both players will be keen to

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stamp their authority. Federer will be looking to get off to a fast

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start. If Jo-Wilfried Tsonga can dominate play, using his big serve

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and big forehand, it will be fascinating to see how things

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unfold. When you practised with Federer, earlier this week, was it

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on this court? They put down two great practice courts at the

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Queen's Club, which is a bit more convenient for the players to get

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to from the hotel. They have the same surface and a couple more

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courts. What was the one at Queen's like? I asked Roger about the

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comparison between here and Paris, which was the same surface. It was

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dictated by how many coats of paint that put on top of it. The more

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paint, the slower it becomes because it is abrasive. This was

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quicker and livelier. It took the spin a bit more. I think he would

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like that. He likes the ball coming on to him. He does not have to

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worry. It will also hope -- help Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The surface

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suits all the players, pretty much equally. David for rare is a slow

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court player but it gives everybody a fair go. -- David Ferrer. If

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you're trying to go to the aid to, there are some tickets available.

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The managing director of the tournament says that there are

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tickets available for tomorrow afternoon if you would like to see

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Andy Marriott opening up his campaign. That it is Roger's wife

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and, presumably, the two girls. There is Thierry Henry next to her.

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I wonder if that might be something to do with the sponsor or perhaps

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they are great friends. I remember Tiger Woods being in his camp at

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the US Open. It is a great seat to watch from. I just wish he would

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join Robin van Persie up front again at the Emirates. It was a

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good result against Norwich yesterday. Just to put this event

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into context in world tennis, they rub the four Grand Slam

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championships, Australian Open, French Open, US Open and French

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Open. They are the four majors. The event that sits just beneath them

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but utterly unique in its format is the ATP World Tour finals. It is

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split into two groups of four and they play in a round-robin format.

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The winners of the group and the runner up after all matches are

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played goes through to the semi- finals and possibly a final next

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Friday, Saturday, Sunday. So, it is the sort of format to play when you

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are a kid. Everyone plays everyone. When you are a kid, you do not get

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$1.6 million if you go undefeated. A first singles match at the O2

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this year. The defending champion, at the five time defending champion,

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 50 seconds

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the five-time champion here, is The coach of Federer now, for many

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that of Tim Henman. -- formerly. UMPIRE: Game, Federer! He also used

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to coach Pete Sampras as well. He knows a bit about playing on a

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surface like this. He was a five- time champion of this season ending

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 50 seconds

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Match of the week Nadal against The mother and father of Jo-

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Wilfried Tsonga are here. It is His father moved to France to play

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professional handball from central Africa. He was the finest and will

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His second cousin is Charles N'Zogbia. He comes from an athletic

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 50 seconds

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Tsonga doing well to stay in this rally, Federer will be disappointed

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to miss, such a routine backhand volley. 30-30 just a half chance

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It is a bit defensive on that backhand side. Probably feels he

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could have made a slightly more aggressive play at that ball but

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trying to keep length and the ball floated long. No problems at all.

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The bounce smash despatched on Federer holds his sever. -- serve.

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It is very important over the years, as you gain experience, and you

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learn how to manage your game, and your body, and everything else,

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when you are a professional sports man, it was important to take time

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off. For Federer it was after the disappointment of losing to

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Mbanjock. When he went down to Playday advice cup, which was a

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great effort, then took that time off to be with the family, I guess

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do some training as well. Then he came back fresh, and he won basil

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and France. You think the player is going to have a break at the end of

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the year. Sometimes that isn't the reality of your playing in the

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world tour final, your might have the Davis Cup. Your window of

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opportunity to have a complete break is very small. The Australian

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Open seems to come round so quickly, I think Roger rightly felt after

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the US Open, that was the time where he could Ruth Kelly have a

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break, get away from the game and have an opportunity to put some

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good hard yards in on the practice court and in the gym. You saw the

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way he came back in those two tournaments. He looked fresh, eager,

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and it was reflected in his results. He played fantastic tennis to win

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both tournaments. Now he fancies his chances of defending his title

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here. First of the singles matches at the world tour final, that is,

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what you are watching. Glad to have you with us. 17,500 people, all the

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way up into the top tier and into the roof here, enjoying this

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singles match. The French number one, world number six. Severing at

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 50 seconds

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Four straight points for Federer Four points now. And Federer has

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the bit between his teeth. Something I have noticed in the

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last two tournaments is how Federer is trying to change the pace of the

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ball. He is playing the slow slice, sometimes he is giving the ball

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more margin for error to try and get the ball high on Tsonga's

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backhand. Then he stets in on the forehand and gets a bigger change

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Federer having missed that backhand volley in the previous game that

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Tim Henman was pointing out and battened down the hatches. He has

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this mini momentum now. Striking the ball cleanly, Tsonga will need

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That is the first break of serve. When someone serves as well as

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Federer does, you can't donate that break of serve early on. So hard to

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That is a lot of work on that forehand. Massive top spin. Just

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dipped down into the corner. No challenge. Hawk-Eye in operation

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here. Yeah, ball dipping down at . Four points in a row has suddenly

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become eight points in a row and Tsonga will be keen to stop the rot.

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Good. Very vaing for Federer to lose this, because really, play

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that volley and he is never going to miss it. The only way he could

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lose is if it was bad judgment. Described earlier on this week by

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Mike Dixon in the Mail as perhaps sport's most admired individual

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athlete. I was thinking who else could be up there really? I mean

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after the demise of Tiger Woods and the difficulties of his personal

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life and behaviour, it is hard to think of a stronger brand, really.

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He has represented the game beautifully over the years as we

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look at his opponent today, Jo- Wilfried Tsonga, who is also a very

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popular man. He certainly has. He has represented our spot so well,

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but he is such a good example for the younger generation coming up,

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and he is so accommodating, access to believe the media and I think

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grow back 15 years and a lot of the players didn't make themselves

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necessarily so available, and the young players coming up thought

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that was the right way to handle the media, but I think Federer and

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Nadal have recognised their responsibility to the game, and

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they have done such a good job in continuing to grow the sport.

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people are comfortable dealing with the media and the PR aspects of the

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game and some some are not so comfort.. I don't think Andy Murray

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is comfortable with the media and the obligations and it shouldn't

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take away from what he does. A bit of a spat this week, perhaps,

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encouraged by the media between Roger and Andy Murray, and we will

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go into that at the next change of end, because it is a a little bit

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spicy. Molehills and mountains. Handbags. We could make it bigger

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APPLAUSE This court surface that Tim Henman was describing and the

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pace of it, it feels a bit slower than last year, at the moment. The

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type of rallys that are being Just watching the way the ball

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bounces and the spins. It looks like the court is grabbing the ball

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and it is not skidding through the court. It is bouncing up high, so,

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it will probably get a bit quirk as the qeebg goes -- week gons but it

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seems to favour the baseline. the week goes on but it seems to

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Believe that is, yes ears family In is the last game with the old

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tennis balls so if they are fluffed up and go through the air slower,

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this would be the game when they are at their slowest. In other

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words, the serve not quite as Really underrated second serve,

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Federer instead of going for the Kirk slides the one into the body.

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Tsonga couldn't get out of the way. Got tucked up and got the mistake.

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Not enough made of the variation necessary at all levels of the game.

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Keep your opponent thinking. You need to be able to control where

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you put the ball in the service box. A consumate service game. Previous

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serve from Federer was just 116mph. That was he flattened out,

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125mphment he keeps you guessing as . And that serve was just 88mph,

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but with a lot of kick and top spin. You wouldn't call it Masterclass,

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it is a controlled and confident performance to open up the finals.

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Just to return to what we were talking about, Tim Henman and I,

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about this Federer versus Andy Murray. It's a made for media thing.

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It is not that big a deal. Andy Murray won in superb fashion, three

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tournaments in Asia, culminating in the Shanghai master, a big event.

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He did very well. Federer's response to that, when asked about

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it, was "Well, Novak wasn't there. And Nadal lost early, and I wasn't

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there." So it appeared he was diminishing Andy Murray's efforts

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over there, and Andy in reply to that, just said "Well, I can only

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beat who is in front of me," and he is spot on. But there is a little

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history of some verbal jibes,. is right. And you know, I think

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they are both trying to state their points, and you know, perhaps

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wasn't PROBLEM WITH SOUND

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It makes interesting interesting listening. Reading. Copy. It will

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make an interesting semifinal if they get there or final. Andy

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Murray has a winning record over Federer. But of course the big one

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he has lost. The Slam final t three of them he has lost. He has to get

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past the three guys. Federer is one The set has been scrappy for the

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most part from Tsonga. The last time they played in this city was

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in SW19 in a quarterfinal and Federer won the first two set

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So it's the lead for Federer who has been in control of his game.

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Nothing majorly spectacular. Tsonga doesn't even look solid. He is

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going to have to tighten this up and I suspect he will. 6-2 in the

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first set. This match is the first singles of this particular

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tournament. The ATP World Tour Finals. The top eight in the world

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are here, two groups, somewhat unimaginatively called Group A and

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B this is from Group B it contains the world number two, four, six and

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eight. Nadal versus Fish is later on, you can hear that on BBC Radio

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5 Live sports extra. But in is the the top two will place at the top

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of each group and it was three or four, five or six, seven or eight.

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That is how they get split up. Group A is what Andy Murray is in.

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It is headed by the man who has won three slams this year Novak

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Djokovic, he is the world number one by far. So it is 1, 3, 5 and 7.

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And the only man in that group that Andy Murray has a winning record

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against is the man he opens up against at 2.00 tomorrow starve r

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afternoon. That is David Ferrer. He lost to Berdych did Murray last

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week. He has a losing record against Novak Djokovic but he has

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beaten him before. But there is no such thing as an easy match at this

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event. Who did you play in your groups when you were in the event?

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Well, the first time I qualified was in Hanover in Germany and I

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played Rios. I won that then I beat the person who won the tournament.

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It show jous to get through your group and if you can do that it is

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all to play for. Two players going through from each group. The winner

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of one group plays the run er up of the other and vice versa in the

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semifinals. It is a week away. APPLAUSE. UMPIRE: First game,

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second set. Really the perfect start for Federer in the second set,

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getting off to an easy hold, and breaking serve at the end of the

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first set gives him the momentum again, and very unusual for Tsonga

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to lose his serve to love twice in one set. It really does need to

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knuckle down now, and get an early Can almost sense by the crowd's

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reaction, they want Tsonga to get involved in this match, otherwise

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The crowd would love to see this second set a little tighter than

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Really feel wheng Tsonga gets a look at the Federer second serve he

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has to be more aggressive. The tharty -- charity do last fight

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tat Savoy hotel in London, give it your max, a charity for

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disadvantaged children. Taking tennis round your world, givityour

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max. Org. Baseline ball from Tsonga. That was a loose one! Such a good

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first serve into the body to set up the what Federer wanted, very

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surprising he missed that shot at a That is another loose one. Rushed

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on the forehand side. Tsonga is in the match. That will get it going.

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Make him feel like he is a part of Had a fantastic junior career

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Tsonga. Even this country thinks of him having arrived in 2007. He won

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a challenger, and he was playing at Queens Club as well. Doing really

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really well. Beat Lleyton Hewitt and it was like that was the time

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of his arrival. He got so badly injured so many times he never

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really got anything going, but he was certainly a star junior player,

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and the cameras moving round the crowd here, as I say if you want to

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come along tomorrow to be part of this show, you can. You can come

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and see muver play as he opens his campaign in the season ending

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championships against David Ferrer. Just a few hundred tickets

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remaining. 17 500 in tote in the Now important first two points or

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so in this game for Tsonga. He has just broken serve. He would like to

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cement that break by holding here. Keep his nose in front. 2-1 second

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A shocking run of points from Roger Federer. The errors really coming

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off the rackets. Tsonga is not really doing much, keeping the ball

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We talked about roufpbs points that Federer had in the first set,

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suddenly he was 30-0 up on his serve in the third game and Tsonga

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has won eight points in a row. Now The tennis Blair's call this the

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Masters. They have always called it the Masters. -- tennis players. It

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is a season ending for Nari. It is the eight players who have had the

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best year. Over the years, some names really stand out. Nastase Was

:01:14.:01:24.
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phenomenal in the 70s. Pete Sampras was the man in the 90s. Ivan Lendl

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would be tremendous record and five titles. You can see Ivan Lendl at

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the Royal Albert Hall in about two weeks. Wednesday week. You can also

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see Tim Henman in action against Greg Rusedski. I'm looking forward

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to that. That is going to be great! This is the trophy they are playing

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for. It really does mean something. If you are not familiar with this

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event, it is quite a spectacular thing to have in London. We have

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Queen's and Wimbledon in the summer and this one as well. It is so mild,

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it does not feel like winter. It is nice, isn't it? It is good for golf.

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The last thing Tsonga wants to do is to play pretty tennis against

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Federer. He wants to take the tennis out of the ball and really

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intimidate Federer if he can. Federer said Tsonga can win matches

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by force and I know what he means. He is really looking to take the

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That was a complete miss time, It is amazing to think after 40

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minutes, we're a set and a half into this match. It has not been

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the longest rallies despite the court surface been so slow. --

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It is not possible to ports on to the court every time and place

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This was a lovely, rolled backhand. You thought this was the end of the

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rallies. Tsonga picked up a half volley on the backhand himself.

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UMPIRE: Let, first service. A bit Federer has been a bit flat over

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That was a first class return of the big picking serve. A lot of

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Look at this! That was fast racket He is a very watchable, isn't he?

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In the first set, Federer was able to get the double break. Tsonga

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will be keen to break the Federer It is the continual bludgeoning

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from Tsonga and the fact that Federer does not know when it is

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coming. He is not giving Federer any rhythm at all. He deserves

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great credit for taking some of the spirit - sapping the spirit of

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And that will do it will start a second break. -- that will do it.

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Dad and mum love it. A second break of serve. That should be it for the

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set. We were worried about Tsonga in the first set but not now. Good

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on him. It looks as though we will have a third set. It is the top

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eight only in this spectacular format. Two round-robin groups.

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About �70,000 for being here. If you win a match, you get 120,000

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more for each match you win. If you win the semi-final you pick up

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$380,000. If you win the final, it is 770. If you win all five matches,

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you walk away with 1.6 3 million. That is about a million quid and

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some shrapnel, which is very nice. As for computer points, and

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undefeated champion would take 1500 points. With Wimbledon you get 2000

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for women -- winning, and one of the Grand Slams was up just beneath

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the Grand Slams in terms of importance. The money is not that

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vital to any of these players. Bonuses and the rest of it. If you

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are here, you are a pretty wealthy young man. It is a lot about honour

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amongst the players, this event. A real feather in anyone's cap to

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come to regroup with these sorts of A drop volley. Good hands at the

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net for some The. Federer elected That shot has only been around

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about 20 years. So many players UMPIRE: New balls, please. He did

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look proud of his son. Not like your dad was that he would sit

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there barely stoic. There was not much expression. Didier is a bit

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different. Those two it sets were the mirror image of each other.

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Tsonga was donated a break. Suddenly a couple of loose

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forehands and Tsonga was into the match. He ran away with the second

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set. Amazingly after 51 minutes we are about to start the third and

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deciding set. How important that will be-both players. Whoever grabs

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momentum first -- first, is likely to win. Just look at this arena! It

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is fabulous, isn't it? I saw Prince in here. They stage so many events.

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It has become the most successful entertainment arena in the world.

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They were not able to stage the Michael Jackson concerts,

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tragically. They know what they're doing with sports events, as well

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as music. It has worked very smoothly. The serve of Tsonga. This

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is the first thing that Federer needs to address. Tsonga is only

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making 44% of first serves. His percentage went up in the second

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set. Federer will be looking to take advantage of the second serves

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he gets. First and foremost, serving this first game, he will be

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very pleased to get his nose in There have been four break-point

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opportunities in the match and all He will be keen to try to create

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some of those opportunities early Tim and I was talking about the

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record of Roger Federer and how, in Paris, at the Masters, which he won

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weaker go against this very opponent, he had won his 8th

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hundred so -- 800th match on the McEnroe had 175 wins, Ifan Lendl --

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Ivan Lendl 195. Heading the list is It is almost like there is a flight

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in the room when the ball goes up like that. -- a fly. It was not

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Federer is challenging that call. The ball was called in. That is the

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first challenge this match, I think. I think that was in hope rather

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That was 138 miles an hour on the It is a strange shot to be playing

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really. He is in the game. It is a game point from Tsonga. Why does he

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not block that back? I think he is trying to be aggressive and looked

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to get on the offences -- offensive You do not see that very often from

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Federer Fulstow up he is not seeing the ball that well today.

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He is moving well, isn't he? He is That was a big mess. -- mess.

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Federer is not that involved. It is It is amazing how he can turn

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The next time you go and play tennis, try this one. It is such a

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hard ball. To get that level of power takes technique, as well as

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He had the court open, Federer pulls stuck it was on the forehand

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side of Tsonga. -- Federer. would still back Federer to make

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this shot. The big forehand dictated the reason why Federer

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This is a fascinating match. Singles match number one at the

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season ending Championships. Just the top eight divided into two

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We are going to see some great It is fascinating. Federer is

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having to think his way through the match. He is moving the ball with

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the serve out wide on the deuce court. He is trying to get his

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first serve in. It is a strategic match. It is good to see both

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players playing well at the same time. In the first set, Federer

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completely dominated. In the second set, Tsonga ran through it. Now you

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have the element of chess. People working out how to outmanoeuvre her

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opponent. It is difficult to hit through the opponent. As you saw on

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the last first serve from Federer, only 97 miles an hour but looking

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to set up this forehand with the second shot. He knows if he says

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that one, it will not get belter straight away. People step up and

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tried to back the second serve. If you roller first one in, an

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opponent can be left standing at the back. -- role the first one.

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All sorts of things going on in this match. It is an interesting

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I thought that was four poofs and a piano! But it wasn't. OK. No breaks

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of serve. This third set, 2-1 to In game is a momentum maintainer

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for Tsonga. Following all the rules. Are you emplying I wasn't holding

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serve easily? It might have been a bit more of a struggle Fair

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Action from Group B at the world tour finals here, just eight men

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here, later on, the other two players in this four-man group will

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play, that is Nadal versus Mardy Nadal-Federer as a rivalry,. They

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haven't played that much this year, and to see them repeat of last

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year's final, obviously in the round-robin stage, it will be

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fascinating to watch. It will be interesting to see how Nadal is

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playing, and he has had a bit of a break from the game. Didn't play in

:34:38.:34:43.

Paris last week. He will be keen to put on a good show here and he has

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the Davis Cup final to finish off his year. We know how that was with

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Novak Djokovic, when he took Serbia today advice Cup Final. -- to the

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Federer arrived on Wednesday morning, to play on Friday morning.

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It is a long way to go. Having flown from New York to Dubai, then

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Sydney. I think that emphasises how much the competition means to him.

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Perhaps how much he wants to play in the Olympics next year. You have

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to have played a couple of Davis Cup matches to be in the Olympic,

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which will be at the All England Club next summer, so tennis will

:35:39.:35:45.

feature heavily next year. Back in the games as an exhibition sport in

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Los Angeles in 84. A full medal sport, they were giving them away

:35:51.:35:57.

in last night ta. Tim Henman got one, a silver! How Mull much petrol

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You and neeld Broad. Atlanta. is right. Good. Especially with

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Neil. LAUGHTER

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Regards if you are watching this . He tried to run round the second

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serve but got tangled up. He was able to return deep and get the

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unforced error from Tsonga. He is Another first serve missed from

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See the difference on the second serve when he is aggressive as he

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was the 15-0 point. That was a bit of a floater down the middle,

:37:33.:37:43.
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giving Tsonga all the time in the Almost a table tennis backhand

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wasn't it. Just smothering the top spin and taking it early. Great

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Where does Tsonga go on the first serve? Roger got there. I think

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that is a remnant from a previous event in here. One of those

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explosions and then bits of ribbon and paper come down. Where does he

:38:38.:38:48.
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Henry cheering against his country man here. I don't know how that

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will go down. He is in the Federer camp. It is a break point after

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that beautifully produced backhand and the passing shot as well. Here

:39:31.:39:41.
:39:41.:40:03.

Again I think Federer has to be disappointed with the return. He is

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not keeping the ball away from the middle of the court. It is giving

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Tsonga the chance to dictate with his forehand, and Tsonga yet to

:40:10.:40:15.

make a first serve in this game. Federer will feel he has to take

:40:15.:40:25.
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Again that emphasises the point of why you have to take the chances on

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the second serve, when he makes his first serve at 137mph, it will be

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UMPIRE: Game Tsonga. Break point saved. You talk about how Federer

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has been playing well. Tsonga has been playing a few games as well.

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He won in mets. And Vienna. Both indoors and a final at Paris as

:41:11.:41:17.

well. So he comes in with a lot of match wins. He will be eyeing this

:41:17.:41:27.
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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 50 seconds

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game up now. Federer having missed UMPIRE: Game Federer. There is a

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feeling of cat-and-mouse continuing between these players. First set

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was all Federer. Tsonga not there. Second set took a little longer at

:43:33.:43:39.

half an hour. That was all Tsonga. 6-2. So mirror image, first two

:43:39.:43:45.

sets. And this one very different. They have both knuckled down.

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Federer had a break point. In Tsonga's previous service game and

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didn't do much with the second serve return. It is narrow margins

:43:53.:43:59.

in this match. What is going to happen next? Well, again, Federer

:43:59.:44:02.

will look to get involved in a Tsonga service game, and this

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probably is a bit of the advantage of serving first in a set. He is

:44:07.:44:11.

always in the lead Federer, has done a good job on his service

:44:11.:44:18.

games. Up 4-3. The pressure is back on Tsonga. But you know, it could

:44:18.:44:23.

very well go to a third set tie- break. And in the context of this

:44:23.:44:26.

tournament, the round-robin even, what an important tie-break that

:44:26.:44:31.

would be. It would. It is round- robin play here, just eight player,

:44:31.:44:36.

two groups of four. When it comes down to picking the two best

:44:36.:44:39.

players from the group at the end of the result, comes down to the

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amount of wins you have got. If you won three you will go through, be

:44:45.:44:53.

if you are tied on two wins or one win it gets a bit math mat tal. Sue

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is here tomorrow and she can bring her calculator. She the work it out.

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It is possible to win two matches and mot go through. It is possible

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the one one match and still go through.? It is impossible to not

:45:06.:45:16.
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go through if you have won all your Fifth ace of the match. Quickly up

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When you are serving at 3-3 -- 3-4 in the deciding set, a lot of cheap

:46:35.:46:44.

points, pressure straight back on Both players know that any slip now,

:46:44.:46:48.

a couple of missed balls here or there and the match could be over

:46:48.:46:58.
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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 50 seconds

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in double quick time. It is quite UMPIRE: Game Federer. APPLAUSE.

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Disappointing game as far as Tsonga fans are concerned. First point was

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absolutely crucial, Tsonga had a chance to at least make Federer

:48:20.:48:27.

play a ball. But didn't do it. So 5-4 and one game away from victory,

:48:27.:48:37.
:48:37.:48:45.

. He doesn't like to have a coach. Look at him reacting to the music.

:48:45.:48:49.

He likes to do his own thing and not be involved in a riming id

:48:49.:48:52.

structure or be involved with anybody else. He likes to let it

:48:52.:48:56.

flow out of the racket. We can understand that logic. As well from

:48:56.:49:01.

a coach's point of view he is not the easiest player to work with

:49:01.:49:07.

because he has so many different attributes to his game. It is that

:49:07.:49:11.

natural flair you are trying to let flow in the matches. If you try to

:49:11.:49:15.

give him a game plan to stick to, I don't think it would work, I think

:49:15.:49:18.

there is definitely common theme, there is the points that he needs

:49:18.:49:23.

to do well in his game, first serve, look to dictate with his forehand,

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as that man's done a few times in his career. Thank you very much.

:49:32.:49:40.

Thank you very much. World number two at the moment. And he can't

:49:40.:49:43.

overtake Novak Djokovic at the top of game this week. He is probably

:49:43.:49:48.

saying to himself "Come on boy, hurry up. Need a practise on the

:49:48.:49:52.

court." He will be hitting a few balls after this in preparation for

:49:52.:49:58.

the second match in this group. He plays Mardy Fish this evening.

:49:58.:50:08.
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Talked about how clean the last two service games were, you don't want

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to miss a shot like that. First point of the game. Looking to put

:50:28.:50:38.
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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 50 seconds

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that out of his mind pretty APPLAUSE. That is a clean hit on

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the forehand side. Approved of by his exam: It follows a double fault

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and a missed volley as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has contributed to what

:51:50.:51:57.

could be his own downfall here. The defending champion and five times

:51:57.:52:00.

champion of this season is in good shape in this game. Three match

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APPLAUSE. One save. He is going to have to keep throwing the heat.

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Serve his way out of trouble. That UMPIRE: Game set and match.

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wasn't easy but Federer was up to a winning start at the O2. Massive

:52:52.:52:56.

disappointment for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. And just as in Paris last

:52:56.:53:06.
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week, it is victory for Federer It wasn't always the prettiest of

:53:23.:53:27.

performances from either player. Certainly some major highlights in

:53:27.:53:30.

it as far as the standard is concerned, but I think Jo-Wilfried

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Tsonga will be so disappointed, Tim Henman, with a capitulation at the

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end, just a couple of mistakes. Poor service game bg but from

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Federer's point of view he didn't play his best tennis, the

:53:45.:53:49.

conditions were tricky court locks like it is slow, a bit sticky and

:53:49.:53:53.

he's managed to come away with a win, so it puts him in a strong

:53:53.:53:58.

position in this group, but Tsonga still had the opportunity. That is

:53:58.:54:03.

the joy of this sort of format, these group stage, you can lose a

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match and still come back, and still go through to the semifinals.

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Just the top two from each four-man group go through to the semi finals

:54:13.:54:17.

and possibly the finals after that. So all is not lost for Jo-Wilfried

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Tsonga. Federer is in good shape. 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 the final score.

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Federer found way to gain the victory. The crowd enjoyed it. This

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Sunday afternoon, and there is much more to come later on this evening.

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Tomorrow, from 2.00, you can see Andy Murray in action, he will open

:54:42.:54:47.

his campaign against one of the two Spaniards, David Ferrer, the world

:54:47.:54:51.

number five. Tickets are still available if you fancy coming down.

:54:51.:54:58.

This one has gone to Federer. didn't think about it, but he

:54:58.:55:03.

played an amazing match against me at Wimbledon and redevered to win

:55:03.:55:07.

and today almost again it was close. You know, I had a bit of luck maybe

:55:07.:55:11.

in the last game. It came at the right time and I am happy to get

:55:11.:55:15.

off a good start. It changed round quickly, that opening set was

:55:15.:55:20.

almost perfect. 21 minutes an he came back at you fast. Yes I had a

:55:20.:55:26.

couple of errors to give him the chance at 30-30. That is all it

:55:26.:55:30.

takes indoors against a great player like Jo. It was it was

:55:30.:55:33.

unfortunate for me, he took advantage of it. He served

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fantastic and it was hard to control the rallys from the

:55:37.:55:40.

baseline. I feel fortunate to come through but I am happy with my

:55:40.:55:44.

level. You are on a 13 consecutive match win at the moment. Is this

:55:44.:55:48.

the best you have played all year? Possibly, for a long period of time

:55:48.:55:54.

this is an amazing run, it started back after the open, after that

:55:55.:55:57.

loss against Novak Djokovic, it is a good reaccuse sthaurpbgs is the

:55:57.:56:02.

stuff I expect from myself, but it has been, I have had some time off

:56:02.:56:12.
:56:12.:56:17.

and played great in Paris and here I am, so I am happy to be here.

:56:17.:56:21.

is the tenth consecutive time you have made the season ending

:56:21.:56:26.

championships which is a phenomenal record. You still get the same

:56:26.:56:31.

thrill? Absolutely. It has changed over the years from different venue,

:56:31.:56:37.

started in 2002 in Shanghai, and going to Houston, back to Shanghai

:56:37.:56:41.

and here to London, so it has been a great journey, I have played full

:56:41.:56:45.

seasons, my whole career really, so I've been fortunate to play so many

:56:46.:56:51.

world tour finals and this is one of the best one, and I am happy to

:56:51.:57:01.
:57:01.:57:02.

have won here and experienced this amazing crowd. APPLAUSE Just

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finally, it was great to see Henry in your box today, I don't know if

:57:08.:57:14.

that was psychology in on your part, a Frenchman rooting against a

:57:14.:57:18.

Frenchman. He just wanted to see some tennis, it happened against Jo.

:57:18.:57:23.

I am going to speak to him now, if he has not already. It isifies he

:57:23.:57:29.

came out, still following in New York, we see each other. How is his

:57:29.:57:33.

tennis? Pretty good. A great athlete, and he is talented. That

:57:33.:57:37.

is all I can say. Roger, congratulations today. Thank you

:57:37.:57:45.

very much. So Roger Federer looking more comfortable in interview tan

:57:45.:57:48.

he was on the court some of the time there. But he got the victory

:57:48.:57:55.

and it was a tough one in three sets. Later on it is Nadal versus

:57:55.:58:02.

Fish from this group. You can see what that does to Group B. Federer

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has opened up with a victory. And Group A is under way tomorrow, the

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first match in the afternoon, live coverage on BBC Two and HD, Andy

:58:13.:58:17.

Murray versus David Ferrer, after that Novak Djokovic will be in

:58:17.:58:27.
:58:27.:58:28.

action against Thomas Berdych. Just confirming that on the HD channel

:58:28.:58:32.

on BBC Two. Murray versus Ferrer. It is on line, it is everywhere

:58:32.:58:37.

because Murray is in town. What do you Mick of his form Tim? He has

:58:37.:58:41.

played fantastic. He had the great run in Asia, he won those three

:58:41.:58:46.

tournaments, and you know, he lost to Thomas Berdych if Paris but I

:58:46.:58:49.

wouldn't read a great deal into that, he is number three in the

:58:49.:58:53.

world an he will fight hard for that position. Himself and Federer

:58:53.:58:56.

have been having a few words in the press which has been amusing and it

:58:56.:59:02.

will be good to see if Murray can finish up number three It is good,

:59:02.:59:07.

Andy has never been intimidated. He said the other day apart from South

:59:07.:59:11.

African. That is when he was young, you have to be that way. That is

:59:11.:59:16.

right, and those guys now know, actions speak louder than words and

:59:16.:59:20.

they want to be, you know, doing their talking on the court. This is

:59:20.:59:25.

a great place to do it. It is incredible. It really is such a

:59:25.:59:28.

great event, we are fortunate to have it in London. You have the

:59:28.:59:31.

best eight players in the world. For Federer that was a good start.

:59:31.:59:35.

He didn't play his best. I don't think he was totally comfortable

:59:35.:59:39.

with the conditions. It was job done. Tim, good talking to you

:59:39.:59:44.

Live coverage of the afternoon singles match as the top eight men in the world rankings battle for end-of-season supremacy.

British number one Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will all be determined to complete a tough year in style. Presented by Andrew Castle with Tim Henman.


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