By Chris Oddo | Monday, August 18, 2014
Roger Federer has qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals for a record 13th consecutive time.
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Roger Federer became the third man to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London this season after winning the Western and Southern Open on Sunday. He joins Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal as the only men to qualify thus far.
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Federer, who owns a record six titles at the event to go with an impressive 44-11 lifetime record, qualifies for the 13th consecutive year. The 33-year-old Swiss now owns the longest streak of qualification, passing Ivan Lendl, who qualified for 12 consecutive years from 1980 to 1991.
“It’s always one of the big goals I set myself at the beginning of the season,” Federer said in a statement. “It’s always an absolute honor being part of the best eight. Getting a chance to win an extra trophy at the end of the season – which is so prestigious, one of the biggest ones we have in the game and one I’ve done so well at – is a great feeling. Returning to the season finale is something I’ve been a part of since 2002, so to do it again is a privilege and I will try to play my very best there. I hope I can save some of my best for last.”