Roger Federer debuted at the Paris Masters at the age of 19 in 2000. He did not achieve remarkable results despite being one of the most explosive players on the indoor court. Putting the Masters Cup at the top of his priorities, the Swiss entered the 2010 edition of the Paris Masters with a modest 7-6 in the French capital.
He wasted five match points in the semi-final against Gael Monfils in one of the craziest matches of the season. Roger played well again in 2011, winning Doha before suffering narrow losses to Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the latter stages of the biggest tournaments.
After the US Open, the Swiss great ended the season on a high note. He conquered Basel, Paris and the ATP Finals to complete the year inside the top 3 behind Nadal and Djokovic. Nadal was not in Paris, and the top six seeds reached the quarter-finals along with Juan Monaco and John Isner.
Novak Djokovic waved goodbye to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before the tournament lost Andy Murray and David Ferrer. The doors were thrown wide open for Roger, who edged out Juan Monaco and Tomas Berdych to contest his first final at Paris Bercy.
He faced 2008 champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who dethroned John Isner after a great battle. Roger defeated Jo-Wilfried 6-1, 7-6 in one hour and 26 minutes on November 13 to claim his 18th Masters 1000 title, beating previous record holder Andre Agassi.
It was the ninth match between Roger and Jo-Wilfried and the sixth of the season. Federer scored his sixth win to soften that terrible Wimbledon loss, when he was up two sets before falling. In the Paris final, it was all for him, who fended off four break points and stole Tsonga’s serve twice in the opening set to build an early lead.
Berrettini pays homage to King Roger
Matteo Berrettini spoke about his idol’s kindness while speaking to HELLO recently, stating that 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has been his idol since he started playing tennis.
«Roger has been my idol since I started playing tennis. When I tried to become a professional tennis player and I was on tour, I would follow him and try to learn from him, but not be like him because that’s impossible,» Berrettini said.
«I can only try to be as good as him. Roger has brought so much to the sport that he no longer needs to prove anything,» added Berrettini.