Federer wins Paris Masters for 69th career title

November 13, 2011 - 11:05 AM
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Switzerland's Roger Federer returns the ball to France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, during their final match of the Tennis Masters tournament, in Paris, Sunday, Nov.13, 2011.(AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

PARIS (AP) — Roger Federer beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 7-6 (3) on Sunday to win the Paris Masters for the first time and clinch the 69th title of his glittering career.

The 16-time Grand Slam champion had never previously reached the final in Paris, but gave the sixth-seeded Frenchman little chance after saving two break points in his opening service game.

Tsonga improved his serve in the second set, but Federer was simply too strong in the tiebreaker, taking victory on his third match point when Tsonga's return landed out.

Tsonga won the tournament in 2008 but was let down by too many unforced errors on forehand as he tried to find a way to pressure the No. 4-ranked Swiss.