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Monday, November 28, 2011

Roger Federer win ATP World Tour Finals for record sixth time

Roger Federer revealed he had to conquer mental doubts before ending his season in style by winning the ATP World Tour Finals for a record sixth time.

The greatest player of all time failed to win a Grand Slam for the first time since 2002 and went nine months without a title.

But the Swiss superstar took a six-week break after his US Open defeat by world No.1 Novak Djokovic and has returned with a 17-match unbeaten streak.

Federer celebrated a century of singles finals by beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3 6-7 6-3 and banked just over £1million.

And the 30-year-old admitted he has returned with renewed confidence which he will carry into next year.

"It's a mental thing," said the winner of 16 Grand Slams. "You can't always be positive out there - it's just too difficult.

"That's where maybe the doubts were just a bit too strong during certain important moments.

"I didn't have those doubts for the remainder of the season, which is what I wanted to get out of my system during this six weeks break, and I was able to do that.

"I've never finished a season so strongly. It gives me a lot of confidence for next year."

Federer overtakes the record he previously held with Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras - and becomes the oldest man to win the endof-season showdown.

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