ROGER FEDERER NEWS
October 27, 2019 -- Basel, Switzerland:
Roger did it again. With ease, the 20-Grand Slam winner captured his 10th home town title in Basel defeating Alex de Minaur 6-2, 6-2. This also is his 103rd tour-level title.
"It's a privilege to live through such a perfect week. I never would've imagined to win here, let alone ten times," said Roger. “You saw it hit me again hard winning here in Basel. I don’t take these tournament victories as a normal thing. I take them as something quite unique and special, even though it’s been a lot by now. Every one has a different flavor and I try to enjoy them as much as I can in the moment.”
Having been a ball boy at the same tournament as a kid, this win in Basel always is one in which he holds dear to his heart. With emotions, he spoke about how special it is playing in front of the crowd and then kept to his tradition of celebrating with a pizza party with the ball kids.
While Roger was set to play Paris, he has decided to pull out of this week's tournament so he can pace himself for the ATP Year End Finals which will be held in London next month.
Roger took to the court in front of a hometown crowd for his semifinal match against the always tricky, Stefanos Tsitsipas today. Despite not playing the previous match, Roger didn't skip a beat and looked comfortable and relaxed in this matchup.
Needing just two sets, Roger won 6-4, 6-4 to reserve his spot in the finals. The 20-time Grand Slam Winner will be going after his 10th Title in Basel and this is the 15th time he has reached the Finals.
He will take on Alex de Minaur in the finals.
Unfortunately, Roger did not take the court today as his opponent, Stan Wawrinka, had to retire due to an injury.
After an intense 2 and a half hour match against Frances Tiafoe, Stan said it flared up his back injury and took a toll on his body. Clearly disappointed, Stan said, "Not to be able to play this match in Switzerland is very sad. But I need to listen to my body at this point.”
Roger will now face either Tsitsipas or Krajinovic for a spot in the Finals.
Roger took the court in near perfect form today against Radu Albot. He lost just 3 games as he flawlessly hit targets and dominated the match winning 6-0, 6-3.
Roger will most likely face a more challenging opponent in the next round but still seems to be looking like the favorite at his hometown tournament!
“I’m extremely happy because I really struggled against him in Miami and he definitely got my attention there. I was basically a point away from losing,” Roger said. “It was important for me to show a reaction to that match and come out with a proper game plan. I think I learned a lot from that match."
Roger needed under an hour today to dominate his 1st round match at his hometown tournament, the Swiss Indoors Basel Tournament. He beat Peter Gojowczyk 6-2, 6-1 with a near flawless match which included 12 aces.
This match marks his 1,500 tour-level match and is looking to add his 102nd title to his record.