Federer Secures Record-Tying 12th Straight Berth at ATP Finals

Roger Federer advanced to the ATP’s season-ending championships for a record-tying 12th straight time by winning his second-round match at the Paris Masters.

Federer, 32, booked his spot in next month’s eight-man ATP World Tour Finals in London with a 6-4, 6-4 victory against Kevin Anderson of South Africa last night.

Federer matched Ivan Lendl for the most successive appearances at the ATP season finale, which the Swiss has won a record six times. Andre Agassi of the U.S. holds the record for most non-consecutive appearances with 14.

“I’m just happy right now to have made it again,” Federer said in comments distributed by the ATP. “It’s great news actually, because it’s one of the goals I set myself at the beginning of the season. It’s nice achieving things this year, because many things I couldn’t achieve that I wanted to.”

The 17-time tennis Grand Slam singles champion has won just one tournament this year, on grass in Halle, Germany. He split with his coach Paul Annacone earlier this month after failing to reach the final of any of the four majors for the first time since 2002.

Federer made his earliest U.S. Open exit in 10 years last month when beaten by 19th-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain in the fourth round. In June, he lost in the second round of Wimbledon, a tournament he’s won seven times, and was defeated in the quarterfinals of the French Open and the semifinals of the Australian Open.

Federer joins Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, Juan Martin del Potro and Tomas Berdych in the Nov. 4-11 Tour Finals at London’s O2 arena. Andy Murray also qualified, though he withdrew from the event after back surgery. The final two spots will be decided in Paris this week.

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