Federer overcomes mental demons to win World Tour Finals
By PA Sport | Posted 29-Nov-2011
Roger says he has overcome his mental demons after winning record 6th title
Roger Federer revealed he had overcome some mental demons after defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to clinch a record sixth title at the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals on Sunday night.
Roger that: Swiss ace Federer jubilant after beating Tsonga. Pic/Getty Images
The 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3 victory took Federer's record since the US Open to 17 wins and no defeats, earning him titles in Basle and Paris as well as at London's O2 Arena. The 30-year-old declared the record, which saw him pull clear of Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras, one of his biggest achievements, but it was the manner of his victory that meant the most.
Federer has made an unwelcome habit of losing close matches this season, most notably a Wimbledon quarter-final against Tsonga and his US Open semi-final defeat by Novak Djokovic. He said: "I think I'm mentally good right now. That was also one of the reasons why I did take some time off, to actually think it through, get into the right mental mindset.
"There is a lot of time that goes by out on tour, during a match, you're just trying to stay positive, but you can't always be positive out there. It's just too difficult. "That's where maybe the doubts were just a bit too strong during certain important moments. I wanted to get that out of my system during the six-week break, and I was able to do that."