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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 | 06:30 AM
And to top off all that beautiful tennis and seeing how happy you were, we got to see your beautiful babies in the audience. That just made my day!!
11/09/2010 | 05:07 AM
11/09/2010 | 04:50 AM
11/09/2010 | 03:06 AM
Congrats Champion! :)
11/09/2010 | 02:58 AM
Congrats again, Champ!!

Great win and it was really special to see the girls there clapping for you - so sweet!

Good luck in Paris!!
11/09/2010 | 02:19 AM
WEll, and no one could be happier than I am about your victorory......except maybe you, and family and friends! LOL! I was so delighted, and saw such great play. I feel that, as Cliff Drysdale had commented during a match a couple of years ago, that it is a privilege to watch you play.
He was so right. It is always a gift to see great talent being fulfilled, from the soul and the heart, and the owner of the talent devoted to his art, and, in a way, grateful, not taking things for granted.
11/09/2010 | 01:13 AM
11/09/2010 | 12:28 AM
A splendid showing, Roger!! Lovely to see you come back from losing the second set to take command of the match. And it was a special pleasure to watch you win in front of your home town crowd!!

Good luck in Bercy!!

11/09/2010 | 12:26 AM
Dear Roger
Sending you loving thoughts and fervent prayers for the Paris Masters
May the Gods bless you
Stay healthy and happy !!!
Love you
11/08/2010 | 11:42 PM
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