Federer advances to 100th career final

LONDON — While other members of the world's top four nursed their aches and pains and contemplated their losses, former world No. 1 Roger Federer showed the world just how far he is from fading into the night by winning his 16th straight match and reaching the final of the ATP World Finals for the seventh time Saturday.

Only Ivan Lendl (nine times) and Boris Becker (eight) have reached more. And when he plays Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in London today, Federer will be making his 100th appearance in a final at all levels courtesy of a 7-5 6-3 victory against Spain's indefatigable David Ferrer.

The records will require updating once more.

"I'm shocked every time that I've reached so many finals or won against so many players or whatever the record is," Federer said. "Obviously it makes me very happy and very proud that I've been able to do it for many years at the highest of levels."

In the second semifinal, Tsonga outplayed Tomas Berdych 6-3 7-5.

This will be the third consecutive Sunday that Federer will find himself playing Tsonga. Two weeks ago, it was in the final of the ATP Masters series in Paris; last Sunday, the pair met in the first of the round-robin matches.

Federer won both matches, but Tsonga had beaten him at Wimbledon and Cincinnati earlier in the year.

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