October 29, 2017 -- Basel, Switzerland
Roger clinched his hometown title on Sunday after defeating Juan Martin del Potro 6-7, 6-4, 6-3. The roller coaster match was the 4th time this year the two have met. A set down, Roger never panicked and fought back to win his 8th title Swiss Indoors Title.
"The crowd really enjoyed themselves and at the end there is always going to be a winner unfortunately in tennis. But I think we both can be very happy with the week today."
Having grown up in Basel and serving as a ball boy for the Basel tournament in his youth, this victory means so much to Roger. He treated ballkids to a post-match pizza party which has become a tradition in the 11 years he has made the final in Basel.
This marks the Swiss star's 7th title in 2017 and 95th career title, putting him ahead of Ivan Lendl and 2nd on the all-time list behind Jimmy Connors with 109.
Unfortunately, Roger has decided to withdraw from the Paris Masters Tournament.
"My body needs healing. I need to be careful I don't make the same mistake like last year, just over playing it at the end. Nobody wins. I get hurt or I don't play at all anymore next season. I really would like to stay healthy from here going forward."