Federer thrilled by Paris victory

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ROGER Federer claimed the Paris Masters title for the first time in his illustrious career after recording a 6-1 7-6 (7-3) victory over Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final yesterday.

It is the world number four’s 18th Master Series triumph and the 30-year-old’s 69th tournament success.

The Swiss maestro said: “I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. I’m really happy to have finally made it.”

Tsonga, who won the Paris Masters in 2008 and now trails Federer 6-3 in career meetings, lamented: “I just wish I could have competed more.”

Great Britain’s Andy Murray was beaten in the last eight by Tomas Berdych, losing 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4.