(October 27, 2013) Top seed Juan Martin Del Potro prevented Roger Federer from winning his hometown tournament the Swiss Indoors in Basel, Switzerland for a second straight year. Del Potro defeated Federer 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-4 on Sunday.
For Del Potro it was his fourth ATP 500 tournament win this year adding to his Rotterdam, Washington and Tokyo titles. Del Potro has won 17 tournament in his career.
“It was similar in intensity, rallies and the emotion of the fans [to the 2012 final],” Del Potro said. “The fans were cheering for him a lot, but they also respected me. They made a fantastic atmosphere. I think we played the best match of the tournament today.
“I tried to be positive after I lost a tough second set where I made a lot of mistakes. Roger started to play much better. In the final you cannot relax in any moment.
“I waited for my break point chance, which I got in the first game. Then, I tried to be solid on serve. The last two service games were my best of the whole tournament. It was good to see my serve was working very well.
“I think Roger is playing well. He played much better when he has the chance to play the top guys. His game improves automatically and looking forward to Paris and London he will be a tough opponent. For me he has the perfect game… and he is a big inspiration. I am very proud to have a good relationship with him, as I have learned a lot as a person and a tennis player.”
“It was a pretty high level match overall,” Federer said. “Probably my best match of the tournament overall, but it is always difficult to judge when you lose.
“I did hand the break over to him too easily in the third set, but overall I did well today. I could have maybe won the first set, but in the second set I was getting better and better. It is a pity that I couldn’t have been tougher in the third. He did really well to serve it out.
“I was happy that after a lot of tough matches [this week], I was able to withstand the challenge physically. The atmosphere was amazing. I really appreciate the crowd support.”
Despite the loss the No. 6 Federer moved closer to clinching a spot in the ATP World Tour Finals in London. To make it to London, the Swiss must defeat the winner of Kevin Anderson – Mikhail Youzhny match in the second round of the BNP Paribas Masters event in Paris later this week to reach his 12 straight ATP World Tour year ender. Del Potro has already qualified for the year-end event.
With the loss, Federer remains tied with John McEnroe at 77 titles, third in the Open Era behind Jimmy Connors with 109 titles and Ivan Lendl with 94.