Seventeen-time grand slam winner Roger Federer can rest a little easier knowing that he has reached this year’s ATP Tour Finals.
The Swiss beat South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4 in the second round of the Paris Masters to book his place in the annual season finale.
Federer will compete in the tournament for the 12th year in succession, but has struggled to reproduce his best form during 2013.
The 32-year-old has won the end of season championships six times, his first victory coming in 2003 and most recent in 2011.
But this year Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, Andy Murray and Juan Martin del Potro have all overtaken Federer – whose last grand slam victory came at Wimbledon in 2012 – in the ATP World Rankings.
Eight places are available for the ATP Tour Finals, however this has been increased to the player ranked ninth after Andy Murray withdrew due to a back injury.
Federer has now gained enough points this year to ensure qualification for the tournament, but he is disappointed with his recent performances.
“I had to get up again after being knocked down numerous times this year,” he said, according to the Telegraph. “Now I feel really good again, probably for the first time since Dubai (in March).”
Federer has had a poor year for his standards, being beaten in the semi-finals of the Australian Open by Andy Murray and suffering a quarter-final defeat in the French Open to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
His defence of his 2012 Wimbledon title was short-lived as he suffered a shock second round loss against the relatively unknown Sergiy Stakhovsky, before being beaten by Tommy Robredo in the fourth round of the US Open.
But the former world number one was delighted to have made the ATP Finals, adding: “I’m happy right now to have made it again. It’s one of the goals I set myself at the beginning of the year.
“I know why the year was difficult for me. It’s not because I can’t make a forehand anymore. It’s because I had physical injuries, and I still played in spite of the injuries because I’m not going into a corner and waiting for four months.
“Little by little I lost my confidence in my movements, in my game. But it was not that bad, because I just qualified for London.”
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