Federer's backhand leaves Tsonga frozen
By C.W. Sesno, SI.com
Roger Federer is on fire. The world No. 4 took down Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 7-6 (3) on Sunday at the Paris Masters to win his second straight title. Federer is now riding a 12-match winning streak into the ATP World Tour Finals.
Federer's title marks the first time in Masters 1000 history that the champions of all nine Masters events were ranked in the top four. Federer (Paris) and Rafael Nadal (Monte Carlo) won one Masters 1000, Novak Djokovic won five (Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid, Rome, Montreal) and Andy Murray won two (Cincinnati and Shanghai).
"I'm just really ecstatic to have played so well this week from start to finish," Federer said after the match. "Basically from first ball struck against [Adrian] Mannarino all the way until the very end here. I couldn't be more happy."
Federer has every right to be happy. And he certainly isn't lacking in confidence to go for his shots. Check out this backhand that leaves the athletic Tsonga absolutely motionless. You know it's a good shot when Mirka gets excited.