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Federer seals World Tour Finals spot at O2

ESPN staff
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Federer relieved with ATP spot

If Roger Federer had sleepless nights about not qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals, he can rest his head on his pillow tonight in the knowledge that he has sealed a spot in the season-finale at London's O2 Arena.

The Swiss has won the World Tour Finals a record six times, but his place at this year's event was not guaranteed heading into the final Masters tournament of the campaign in Paris. Now, the job is complete as he will take part in the World Tour Finals for the 12th consecutive year after he defeated Kevin Anderson at the Paris Masters 6-4 6-4 to reach the last 16.

Having struggled for form in 2013 with only one tournament win to his name (Halle), Federer was down at seventh in the Race to London rankings with just eight players making the field.

With Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, Juan Martin del Potro and Tomas Berdych all qualifying, three spots remained before play began in Paris.

Thanks to his run to the Swiss Indoors final at Basel last week, record 17-time grand slam champion Federer required just one win to make it to The O2, and now his mind is at ease after overcoming Anderson to ensure he will be participating in London.

In a first meeting with the tall South African, Federer came flying out of the blocks to break immediately, and raced through his service game to consolidate the advantage. Anderson struggled to make an impact on the Federer serve, and after 40 minutes it was the latter who clinched the opening set without facing any break back points.

Federer then made his move in the third game of the second set to get the break, but when serving for the win at 5-2 Anderson hit back to reclaim the break.

With the gap closed to one game, Federer saved two more break points before holding serve for the win.

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