Roger Federer looks to London for redemption

Former world No. 1 Roger Federer has won a record six ATP World Tour Finals titles.

Story highlights

  • Roger Federer qualifies for the ATP World Tour Finals in London
  • Federer booked his spot with a win over Kevin Anderson in Paris
  • The Swiss has won the season-ending tournament on a record six occasions
  • Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka and Frenchman Richard Gasquet complete the field

Roger Federer has endured a 2013 which has seen him slip out of the world's top four for the first time in a decade.

But the 17-time grand slam champion will have a chance to end his season on a high after qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals in London, a city where he has enjoyed a multitude of triumphs.

The Swiss maestro has won a record equaling seven singles titles at Wimbledon, staged in the British capital, while he has also won the season-ending championships twice since it was moved to London's O2 Arena in 2009.

A second round win over South Africa's Kevin Anderson at the Paris Masters ensured current world No. 7 Federer would line up at the showpiece World Tour Finals, which he has won on a record six occasions.

On Thursday, Federer's fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka and Frenchman Richard Gasquet completed the eight-man field in London.

Read: Roger Federer on "bonus" time

Wawrinka ready for singles success
Wawrinka ready for singles success


    Wawrinka ready for singles success


Wawrinka ready for singles success 06:11
Roger Federer: You can't always win
Roger Federer: You can't always win


    Roger Federer: You can't always win


Roger Federer: You can't always win 01:31

"[It's] the absolute pinnacle of our sport," Federer, who will equal Ivan Lendl's record of 12 consecutive Tour Finals appearances, told the ATP website before booking his place in London.

"You want to be able to showcase your talents against the best, with the biggest rivalries, in one of the coolest arenas in the world in front of amazing fans.

"For me it's always been an honor to play there and I look forward to returning this year."

The news of Federer's qualification will delight his British fans, who have grown accustomed to seeing him dominate the grass courts of the All England Club and the electric blue surface at the O2 Arena.

Read: Federer splits from coach Paul Annacone

"As a six-time champion Roger stands alone as the most decorated player in the history of the ATP World Tour Finals," said tournament director Andre Silva.

"He is enormously popular here in London, where he has also won seven Wimbledon titles, and we're delighted to welcome him back to the O2."

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal heads the list of players set to feature in the competition, with six-time grand slam champion Novak Djokovic also London bound.

Reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray misses out after failing to recover from a back injury in time to play, but David Ferrer, Juan Martin del Potro and Tomas Berdych will take part.

Wawrinka and Gasquet advanced when Milos Raonic lost to Tomas Berdych, ending the Canadian's slim hopes. Wawrinka will be the lone debutant in London.


    • Rafael Nadal of Spain watches the ball in his match against Martin Klizan of Slovakia during during day seven of the China Open at the National Tennis Center on October 3, 2014 in Beijing, China.

      What does 2015 hold for Rafa?

      Rafael Nadal's body might be giving him a few problems, but his mind remains as strong as ever. Will the Spaniard add to his haul of 14 grand slam titles?
    • LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and his long time girlfriend Kim Sears arrive at Buckingham Palace on October 17, in London, England. Murray will become an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and receive his medal from the Duke of Cambridge. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

      Love game: Andy Murray to tie knot

      The Scot has served up a few changes to his support team in 2014 but there's one person who isn't going anywhere -- his new fiancée Kim Sears.
    • Despite being forced to retire at the age of 24 due to health problems, Lacoste remained in the game and went on start the "Lacoste" brand in 1933, which specialised in tennis products. The inspiration for the company's logo came from his nickname as a player, "le crocodile."

      'Crocodile' who broke all the rules

      His distinctive crocodile logo is seen on clothing all over the world, but Rene Lacoste also left a lasting legacy in the development of tennis.
    • Serena Williams of the US holds the US Open trophy after defeating Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during their US Open 2014 women's singles finals match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Center September 7, 2014 in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

      Serena savors U.S. Open win

      Serena Williams is without peer in the modern women's game and now she is on a par with two American tennis legends from the past.
    • American tennis player and golfer Althea Gibson (right) receives a kiss from compatriot Darlene Hard, whom she beat in two sets to become the first black woman to win the Women's Singles Finals at Wimbledon.

      The amazing life of Althea Gibson

      Over the course of her remarkable life, Althea Gibson was many things to many people -- but it was tennis where she really left her mark.
    • Courting couple at match point

      "I didn't cry once when I practiced in front of the mirror," says Martin Emmrich. But the nerves kicked in when he got down on one knee on court.
    • LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 03: Tennis / Frauen: Wimbledon 2004, London; Finale; Siegerin Maria SHARAPOVA / RUS 03.07.04. (Photo by Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images)

      'Baby' Sharapova's big moment

      It's 10 years since a teenage Maria Sharapova became the darling of Wimbledon's hallowed Center Court, launching herself as a star.
    • 'Swiss Miss' follows mom's lead

      Five-time grand slam champion Martina Hingis has followed her mom into a coaching role, setting up a new tennis academy in Barcelona, Spain.