Federer defeats Tsonga, 6-2 2-6 6-4
Defending champion Fed won his first round-robin match over Tsonga. The match followed a typical Fed movie: strong start, 2nd set walkabout, recovery in the 3rd set.
The turning point came at 5-4*, when Rafa walked into the O2 arena. With Jo serving to stay in the match, Fed was able to break and take the win. Of course, Rafa is in the same round-robin group as Roger, so his presence in the arena wasn’t purely for magnanimous support. Still, Rafa’s face probably buoyed Fed’s spirits and pushed him to a tricky victory. A Fedal moment 🙂
French football star Thierry Henry sat in Fed’s player box and cheered against his countryman, Tsonga. This reminds me of 2009, when Argentine futbolista Carlos Tevez sat in DelPo’s player box, only to later reveal he was cheering for Fed. I am no longer a Tevez fan (for many reasons in addition to that one)!