Back in Paris, Roger Federer defeats Tomas Berdych and advances to the final

At the 2000 Paris Masters, Roger Federer made his competitive debut. Despite having all of his tools at his disposal for a noteworthy outcome under cover in Bercy, he struggled to play his best tennis. In a nail-biting battle against Gael Monfils in the 2010 Paris Masters semifinal, Roger lost five match points.

A year later, the Swiss came again, eager to recover his lost crown. Federer gained momentum and gave a strong performance in the French city after winning the Basel title the previous week. Roger won matches over Juan Monaco, Richard Gasquet, and Adrian Mannarino to get to the Tomas Berdych semifinal at the Paris Bercy for the second time in a row.

In their fourteenth encounter, Federer triumphed against a past champion for the tenth time. Roger needed an hour and 20 minutes to win 6-4, 6-3 and set up the match with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, another past champion.

Federer lost ten points while serving at 70% while playing nine service games with no break points and increasing pressure from the opposite side. Tomas struggled on his second serve and was broken three times, which allowed the Swiss to advance to the championship match. Tomas was unable to maintain that pace.

Roger controlled his strokes well, won the longer rallies, and remained on the title track with over 30 victories and just ten unforced errors.

Tomas Berdych was defeated by Roger Federer in the 2011 Paris Masters semifinal.

In the opening game of the match, Tomas sprayed a forehand error and was broken, but Roger held with a volley winner to hold at love and establish a comfortable rhythm.

In the third game, Berdych held off two break chances to prevent a worse deficit and then sank an ace to put his name on the scoreboard. Federer opened a 5-3 lead by delivering fury from both his serve and forehand. He then rattled off one solid hold after another.

Tomas delivered two strong serves to end the ninth game and cut the lead to two points, saving the set. After 45 minutes, Federer finished the first set with a forehand winner in game 10 to make the score 6-4.

The Swiss opened a 2-0 lead with a quick hold and another unreturned service after the Czech missed a forehand in the opening game of the second set to lose serve. Federer increased his lead to 3-1 with a successful forehand down the line, and then extended his lead to 4-2 with an ace down the T line.

In game seven, Berdych had an opportunity to save a break to keep the score within one break, but Federer nailed another forehand crosscourt winner, and Berdych lost 5-3. Roger entered the final with a break in game nine, playing at a good level all the way through, and he was looking for more against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.