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Federer Secures 12th Straight World Finals Spot

 Roger Federer has ensured he will play his 12th straight ATP World Tour Finals after coming through a tense second round clash against Kevin Anderson in the Paris Masters.

The Swiss star needed to reach the third round in order to book his place at London’s O2 Arena this month and did so courtesy of a hard-fought straight sets victory against the big-hitting South African.

Federer has never had to wait until the last minute to book his place at the season-ending showpiece, but a difficult year meant he needed a strong display in Paris to secure his place among the top eight to play at the O2 in London this month.

The former world number one has not been anywhere near his best this year, with some fans of live tennis online calling on the 17-time grand slam winner to hang up his racket. However, Federer has ignored his critics and merely focused on ensuring he finishes a difficult year on a relative high by reaching the Tour Finals.

"It feels great, I'm so happy, it's been a tough year so this is a highlight because this was one of the big goals I set for myself this year so it's great to have made it," Federer said after his crucial victory in Paris. 

"I don't know if I'm doing anything wrong or maybe it's just a time where my opponents play well when they need to. Overall I played solid and it's just such a minor detail that it's hard to say what it is."

The six-time Tour Finals champion will now go into the final tournament of the season looking to bounce back from his defeat in last year’s final at the hands of the favourite in the betting, Novak Djokovic. And it would take a brave punter to completely rule out Federer’s chances of competing for the title in this year’s tournament.

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