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08.11.2010 | Off Court, Starseite 2

Federer back in second place in ATP rankings (The Hindu)

Roger Federer, who on Sunday won his home event in Basle, has closed the gap on Rafael Nadal in the latest men’s top 10 tennis rankings issued by ATP on Monday. Nadal still has a convincing lead of more than 4,000 points, but Federer closed the gap by 200 points and could move even closer with a good showing at the Paris Masters this week.

Cool Federer wins back Swiss title from Djokovic (Reuters Canada)

The Swiss himself had to save two break points in the second game, the only glimmer of a chance Djokovic had in the first set, before breaking in the third. World number two Federer produced some delightful strokes including a superb backhand drop from near the baseline in the fourth game. But he seemed to lose his composure at the start of the second set and was broken in the second game as he produced a flurry of unforced errors.

There were some outstanding rallies, one ending with a stunning crosscourt drive from the Serb and another a perfect smash by Federer from a Djokovic lob which nearly hit the ceiling. Federer saved one set point in the eighth game but Djokovic then held serve to level to clinch the set and level the match. Federer could have fallen apart after missing two sitters in a row in the second game of the final set, over-hitting both with the court at his mercy. Instead, he produced the decisive break in the fourth game with a superb pass down the line followed by a double fault from his opponent.

Federer beats Djokovic to win back Swiss Indoors title (CNN International)

It was his third win over the second seed in four meetings this year with his only loss in the U.S. Open semifinals at Flushing Meadows. Federer now has 65 career titles to go fourth in the all-time list, one ahead of American great Pete Sampras.

The St. Jakobshalle arena is certainly a happy hunting ground for the 16-time grand slam champion, winning four of the last five finals at the Swiss Indoors tournament and seven from 11. He swept through the deciding set for the loss of a single game to wrap up victory in just under two hours.

Federer now heads to the Paris Masters bidding for a hat-trick of tournament titles after winning the Stockholm Open last week. He will be top seed at Bercy in the absence of world number one Rafael Nadal. Meanwhile at the Valencia Open, Spain's David Ferrer beat compatriot Marcel Granollers 7-5 6-3 in Sunday's final. The victory boosts Ferrer's chances of claiming one of the three places available for the season-ending ATP Tour Finals in London later this month with the Paris Masters the final counting event for qualification.

Federer regains hometown crown (swissinfo.ch)

Roger Federer has defeated world number three, Novak Djokovic, in the final of the Swiss Indoors 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. Federer's fourth Basel title gave him some revenge after having lost to Djokovic in the semifinal of the 2010 US Open. The Swiss also avenged last year's defeat when Djokovic beat him in the final to interrupt his run of wins at the Basel tournament. Both men showed how evenly matched they were in the first two games.

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11/09/2010 | 05:01 PM
congrats roger
11/09/2010 | 05:00 PM
congrats roger
11/09/2010 | 05:00 PM
congrats roger
11/09/2010 | 02:59 PM
11/09/2010 | 02:09 PM
Congratulations Roger!
11/09/2010 | 02:00 PM
Congrats my dear Roger! Win Bercy :) Goodluck!
11/09/2010 | 01:58 PM
Dear Roger,

Congrats again and you were very nice to throw a pizza party for those lucky ballkids! Good luck this week in Paris and I'll be cheering for you as always! :)

Your biggest fan,

11/09/2010 | 12:44 PM
All the wishes for you , Roger.The pizza look likes deliciuos
11/09/2010 | 09:35 AM
congrats on a great win. i know it was special because it was home. only player to have won 4 times is magnificent. good luck in paris. even more special for fans was seeing those beautiful darling twin girls. hope you enjoyed your week as much as we did.
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