Federer v Tsonga:
This will be their third meeting this month with Federer taking both the previous ones.
Tsonga won the battle of the big serves yesterday although Berdych offered little or no resistance. It can also be argued that Tsonga didn’t allow him time to play.
Federer obviously starts as favourite but Tsonga has shown in the past that he is able to beat him in big games. His serve has improved as the week progressed and I think he will keep the match tight. The British crowd love an underdog and if Tsonga can pull out some big serves and thrilling passing shots then they will get right behind him.
Federer wants to nick back the world number 3 spot from Murray and will also want to end the year on a high after what has been for him a below average season.
In 6 of the 7 matches they have played this season Federer has won the first set. I see no reason to expect anything different today which just leaves the question of whether Federer can keep his level high in the second set. Whenever they have played at either the semi final stage of the final then Federer has won in straight sets.
The court has proved to be a leveller this week but I still think it will be Federer in straight sets.
Update: The first set went as planned with Federer timing his move perfectly for the late break.
In the second he got the break mid way through the set and at 5-4 he was serving for the match. Not often you see Federer choke when closing out a match but he was broken easily. The set went to a tie break and again Federer was a mini break up and looking in control. But a mini break for Tsonga again levelled the tie break. Tsonga took the set for 1-1.
Federer Stepped up again in the third to take the set and the Championships.
Federer won 6-3, 6-7, 6-3.