Match Stats/Report - Federer vs Tsonga, Year End Championship final, 2011


Hall of Fame
Roger Federer beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-3 in the Year End Championship (World Tour Finals) final, 2011 on indoor hard court in London, England

Federer was the defending champion and this was his record breaking 6th - and to date, last - title at the event. He'd also beaten Tsonga in the round robin stages. Tsonga had defeated Federer earlier in the year, coming back from 2 sets down, in 5 sets in the Wimbledon quarter-final

Federer won 105 points, Tsonga 91

Serve Stats
- 1st serve percentage (54/98) 55%
- 1st serve points won (43/54) 80%
- 2nd serve points won (26/44) 59%
- Aces 11, Service Winners 1
- Double Faults 2
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (38/98) 39%

- 1st serve percentage (49/98) 50%
- 1st serve points won (36/49) 73%
- 2nd serve points won (26/49) 53%
- Aces 11, Service Winners 2
- Double Faults 5
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (33/98) 34%

Serve Pattern
Federer served...
- to FH 36%
- to BH 59%
- to Body 4%

Tsonga served...
- to FH 20%
- to BH 73%
- to Body 6%

Return Stats
Federer made...
- 60 (15 FH, 45 BH), including 3 runaround FHs & 1 return-approache
- 3 Winners (2 FH, 1 BH), including 2 runaround FHs
- 20 Errors, comprising...
- 8 Unforced (3 FH, 5 BH), including 2 runaround FHs
- 12 Forced (4 FH, 8 BH)
- Return Rate (60/93) 65%

Tsonga made...
- 58 (29 FH, 29 BH), including 2 runaround FH & 2 return-approaches
- 3 Winners (2 FH, 1 BH), including 1 runaround FH
- 26 Errors, comprising...
- 8 Unforced (2 FH, 6 BH), including 1 runaround FH
- 18 Forced (5 FH, 13 BH)
- Return Rate (58/96) 60%

Break Points
Federer 3/9 (6 games)
Tsonga 1/3 (1 game)

Winners (including returns, excluding aces)
Federer 19 (7 FH, 3 BH, 6 FHV, 3 BHV)
Tsonga 22 (8 FH, 7 BH, 2 FHV, 3 BHV, 2 OH)

Federer's FHs - 4 cc (1 pass, 1 runaround return), 1 inside-out, 1 inside-in runaround return and 1 longline
- BHs - 2 dtl passes (1 sliced return) and 1 longline/inside-out pass

- 1 FHV was a drop and 1 was a swinging shot
- 1 BHV was the first volley of a serve-volley point

Tsonga's FHs - 3 cc, 1 dtl return, 2 inside-out (1 runaround return), 1 inside-in and 1 longline
- BHs - 1 cc, 4 dtl (3 passes, 1 return), 1 drop shot and 1 cc running-down-drop-shot pass at net

- 1 FHV was the third volley of a serve-volley point
- 1 BHV was a drop and 1 was from a return-approach point

Errors (excluding returns and serves)
Federer 34
- 18 Unforced (9 FH, 8 BH, 1 BHV)
- 16 Forced (10 FH, 6 BH)
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 42.2

Tsonga 43
- 26 Unforced (15 FH, 8 BH, 2 FHV, 1 BHV)
- 17 Forced (8 FH, 8 BH, 1 BHV)
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 46.2

(Note 1: all half-volleys refer to such shots played at net. Half -volleys played from other parts of the court are included within relevant groundstroke counts)

(Note 2: the Unforced Error Forcefulness Index is an indicator of how aggressive the average UE was. The numbers presented for these two matches are keyed on 4 categories - 20 defensive, 40 neutral, 50 attacking and 60 winner attempt)

Net Points & Serve-Volley
Federer was...
- 19/27 (70%) at net, including...
- 2/2 serve-volleying, both 1st serves
- 1/1 return-approaching
- 0/1 forced back

Tsonga was...
- 17/27 (63%) at net, including...
- 4/9 (44%) serve-volleying, comprising...
- 2/4 (50%) off 1st serve and...
- 2/5 (40%) off 2nd serve
- 2/2 return-approaching

Match Report
A somewhat historic match as Roger Federer collected a record breaking 6th year end title. The action though is grey. Its the sort of match you watched and a year later, can't remember anything about other than the result. The court is on the slowish side - far more so than a year ago

First set is decided by 1 Tsonga service game in which he plays badly and Federer plays well to break to love. A soft chip BH return elicits a weak low volley from the serve-volleying Tsonga that Federer can put away, followed by a strong, error forcing BH dtl puts Federer up 0-30. A too casual putaway volley that leaves Tsonga open to be passed and a too cute attempt at a drop volley complete the game

Other than that, Tsonga was the more secure in the set. He'd lost 1 point in 3 service games. Fed lost 13 in 5 games - including 2 deuce games - though not facing a break point. Federer came to net 13 times in the set - half of all his approaches for the match - and that was his only line of attack. From the baseline, he was passive, playing conservative, regulation cc shots. None of the runaround FH attacking stuff he likes to employ

Federer gains a break mid way through the second set, wrapping up with a perfect runaround FH inside-in return winner, having earlier in the game chip-charge returned his way to another point. Some questionable attacking shot choices and regulation UEs from Tsonga in this part of the match

But Jo turns it on to break sensationally as Fed was serving for the match. Hammering a return winner, chip-charge returning to force a passing error and another strong return gives him 3 break points. Fed saves 2, but is overpowered from the baseline on the third and Jo moves forward to whack away a volley winner

In tiebreak, Fed builds a 5-2 lead and brings up match point with an ace. Its on Tsonga's serve. The two get into a baseline rally and Tsonga proves the bolder, finishing up with FH inside-in winner from regulation position. He follows up with service winner to bring up his own set point on the Fed serve. A whacking FH return reaches Fed's baseline in a hurray and he can only net the BH to even out the match

More grey stuff in the final set, much of it serve dominated. Fed takes it with the 1 break

Serve & Return
High unreturned rates of 39% for Federer and 34% for Tsonga are both a product of good serving and poor returning. Federer's second serve in particular is good - some good body serves and some well placed wide ones. Tsonga's first serve is a cannon - well faster than Fed's - and would be a handful on any court

Still, its not a quick court, and these kinds of unreturned rates wouldn't be possible without some help from the returners. Both have 8 UEs on the second shot

Tsonga is probably the more impressive in returning. He faces some strong second serves (he's just not good enough to deal with Fed's first, which as always is strong), but gets stuck into the odd one too - hammering it for winners or very difficult third balls for Fed. Fed's fairly grey of returning - struggles with Tsonga's bigger first serves but not too great against the more safely placed ones either. His attacking attempts against second serves fail as often as not - and there are routine misses too

Fed's plan seems to be to outlast Tsonga. Gets a bunch of unreturned serves - somewhat due to Tsonga's not great returning (which Fed would likely have been able to count on). Fairly passive or at least, neutral in baseline play (suggesting he expected Tsonga to make the bulk of the UEs). It works - Fed makes 18, Tsonga 26

Attack is confined to net approaches - and after first set, he cuts back on those as well. Tsonga had proven consistent off the ground in first set, but was more error prone thereafter, which accounts for Fed changing gears

And do what he can on return. Which is usually not much, but Tsonga has the tendency in general to throw out a bad service game sooner or later. Not a bad plan, though not exactly rock 'n roll

Tsonga plays a bigger, more attacking game. Note his having the lead in winners 22 to Fed's 19 and a large lead in UEFI (Tsonga 46.2, Fed 42.2). Fed's score is one of the lowest I've tracked for him. 15/18 of his UEs are neutral shots - and just 1 winner attempt

He has occasional lapses when he makes routine errors and shows questionable judgment in some of his attacking plays. He has a good BH day though. Fed tends to approach and volley there, but Tsonga makes a number of strong dtl passing winners. And just 8 UEs. Its his attacking FH shots that let him down

Summing up, a colourless match with little to remember or take away. Steadiness at a basic level is primarily where the match is played and Federer has an edge in it

Stats for their final in Paris just prior to this event -
Stats for Federer's round robin match with Rafael Nadal -

I have one question. Point starting at 2:21:34 mark.... what just happened?