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Juan Martin Del Potro Tops Roger Federer for Second Straight Basel Title

By Florian Heer

(October 27, 2013) BASEL, Switzerland – The ATP 500 in Basel represents Switzerland’s largest sporting event and one of the most important tennis indoor tournaments in the world. The Swiss Indoors traditionally takes place in the St. Jakobshalle with a capacity of 9.000 seats and always forms part of the end of season run-up to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. In preparation of this year’s 43rd edition, as a result of ATP specifications, the total prize money has been increased to the record sum of € 1,998 million.

 

In Sunday’s final, top-seed Juan Martin Del Potro attempted to retain the Swiss Indoors title against five-time champion and hometown favourite Roger Federer. This was the first repeat final in Basel since 2009 respectively 2010 when Novak Djokovic defeated Federer and the Swiss came back the next year to win the title.

 

Del Potro advanced to his sixth final of the year with a three-set win over Edouard Roger-Vasselin in yesterday’s semis and reached his 300th career match win on Friday defeating Paul-Henri Mathieu. On Saturday, Federer also needed to go the distance for a place in a record 10th Basel final beating Vasek Pospisil 6-3, 6-7, 7-5.

 

The 25-year-old Argentine had the better start. After thirty minutes of play, Del Potro capitalized on his first break point opportunity in the eighth game but wasn’t able to consolidate it in the following game. Federer saved two set points in the tenth game to take the opening set into the tie-break. Here, Del Potro was the more consistent player of the two winning 7-3 after 54 minutes.

 

With the beginning of the second set, the quality of the match improved, the rallies became more intense and many times it was the Basel-native, who had the better ending. Federer was supported by the crowd chanting “Roger, Roger”, which meanwhile led to a Davis Cup-atmosphere inside the arena. Del Potro seemed to be impressed and lost his service in the second game. By gaining another break in the ninth game, the Swiss took the set after ninety minutes.

 

However, it was also Federer, who lost the opening game in the final set and hasn’t been able to get back on serve until the end of the encounter. The Tandil-native closed the match out in the tenth game to take his fourth ATP World Tour title of the year winning 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 after two hours and twenty minutes. “Juan Martin deserved to win today. He played a very solid and really good match,” Federer acknowledged the performance of his opponent afterwards. “Nonetheless, for me it was also a positive week. I think, that I recently improved my game continuously, it was really ok,” the Swiss summarized the week in his hometown. The Basel champion apologized to Federer that he beat him again. “You make history in every tournament. I’m proud to play along with you in the same era of tennis,” Del Potro said to Federer.

 

In the doubles final two unseeded teams faced each other. Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot defeated Julian Knowle and Oliver Marach in 64 minutes. In the opening set it was Marach of the Austrian tandem, who lost his service and in the second frame Inglot got broken. The British-Philippine-combination took their second team title in the match tie-break winning 3-6, 6-3, 10-4.

Florian Heer travels the tennis tour with a focus on ATP Challenger events and the ITF Future Circuit! His special interest is in Spanish tennis and you can follow his twitter account @armadadetenis.

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Juan Martin Del Potro Beats Roger Federer to Defend Swiss Indoors Title

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(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.

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Federer Escapes Pospisil in Basel, Ferrer Moves into Valencia Final

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(October 26, 2013) It will be a rematch of last year’s Basel final between Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro on Sunday.

No. 3 seed and hometown boy Federer could not close out the match serving at 5-3 in the second set and was pushed to a 6-3, 6-7 (3), 7-5 victory over Vasek Pospisil. Federer had to recover from a 1-3 deficit in the third set

Del Potro also had issues closing out the match in straight sets in his 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win over Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

On Sunday, not only is Federer looking to win his sixth Basel tile, a win would secure a spot for him in the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

 

SWISS INDOORS, BASEL

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 26 OCTOBER, 2013

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] D Ferrer (ESP) d [3] N Almagro (ESP) 62 63

M Youzhny (RUS) d D Tursunov (RUS) 62 64

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d T Haas (GER) / A Sa (BRA) 63 64
[2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) 63 76(4)
SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 27 OCTOBER, 2013

AGORA start 13:30
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)

Not Before 16:00
[1] D Ferrer (ESP) vs M Youzhny (RUS)

 

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RESULTS – SATURDAY, 26 OCTOBER, 2013

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] D Ferrer (ESP) d [3] N Almagro (ESP) 62 63
M Youzhny (RUS) d D Tursunov (RUS) 62 64

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d T Haas (GER) / A Sa (BRA) 63 64
[2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) 63 76(4)
SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 27 OCTOBER, 2013

AGORA start 13:30
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)

Not Before 16:00
[1] D Ferrer (ESP) vs M Youzhny (RUS)

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Roger Federer Moves Past Grigor Dimitrov in Basel

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(October 25, 2013) Roger Federer beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 7-6 (2) on Friday in the quarterfinals of his hometown tournament, the Swiss Indoors in Basel.

Should Federer win the tournament for a sixth time, he’d automatically clinch a berth for the ATP World Tour Finals in London next month.

Federer was forced to bounce back from a 3-5, 0-40 deficit in the second set to defat his 22-year-old opponent. Federer sailed through the second set tiebreak to claim his 50th win at the Basel event.

 

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RESULTS – FRIDAY, 25 OCTOBER, 2013

Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] J Del Potro (ARG) d [Q] P Mathieu (FRA) 64 64
[3] R Federer (SUI) d [8] G Dimitrov (BUL) 63 76(2)
E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d D Brands (GER) 63 46 63
V Pospisil (CAN) d I Dodig (CRO) 76(11) 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
J Knowle (AUT) / O Marach (AUT) d [1] R Bopanna (IND) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 64 64
[3] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d L Dlouhy (CZE) / P Hanley (AUS) 63 62

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 26 OCTOBER 2013

CENTER COURT start 12:00 noon
M Llodra (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) vs T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR)

Not Before 14:30
[1] J Del Potro (ARG) vs E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
[3] R Federer (SUI) vs V Pospisil (CAN)
J Knowle (AUT) / O Marach (AUT) vs [3] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL)

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ATP Results – Del Potro Advances Easily in Basel, Isner Upset in Valencia

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ATP World Tour 500
Basel, Switzerland  (+2 hours GMT)
21-27 October, 2013     Surface: Indoor Hard

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 24 OCTOBER, 2013

Singles – Second Round
[1] J Del Potro (ARG) d M Baghdatis (CYP) 61 62
[8] G Dimitrov (BUL) d [WC] A Dolgopolov (UKR) 63 62
[Q] P Mathieu (FRA) d M Llodra (FRA) 64 63
E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d [Q] T Kamke (GER) 75 63
D Brands (GER) d L Kubot (POL) 62 64
V Pospisil (CAN) d I Karlovic (CRO) 63 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
M Llodra (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) d A Begemann (GER) / M Emmrich (GER) 63 76(5)
T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) d D Istomin (UZB) / H Zeballos (ARG) 64 76(5)

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 25 OCTOBER 2013

CENTER COURT start 14:00
E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs D Brands (GER)

Not Before 16:00
I Dodig (CRO) vs V Pospisil (CAN)

Not Before 18:00
[1] J Del Potro (ARG) vs [Q] P Mathieu (FRA)

Not Before 20:00
[8] G Dimitrov (BUL) vs [3] R Federer (SUI)
[3] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) vs L Dlouhy (CZE) / P Hanley (AUS)

COURT 2 start 16:00
Not Before 16:00
[1] R Bopanna (IND) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs J Knowle (AUT) / O Marach (AUT) – AFTER SUITABLE REST

 

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ATP World Tour 500

Valencia, Spain  (+2 hours GMT)
21-27 October, 2013     Surface: Indoor Hard

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 24 OCTOBER, 2013

Singles – Second Round
[1] D Ferrer (ESP) d J Benneteau (FRA) 62 61
[3] N Almagro (ESP) d [Q] M Przysiezny (POL) 64 75
J Chardy (FRA) d [4] J Isner (USA) 76(7) 63
[5] J Janowicz (POL) d [Q] J Sousa (POR) 62 75
J Nieminen (FIN) d [Q] A Falla (COL) 62 63
M Youzhny (RUS) d P Kohlschreiber (GER) 64 63

Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) 64 75
T Haas (GER) / A Sa (BRA) d [4] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) 61 63

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 25 OCTOBER, 2013

AGORA start 13:00
J Nieminen (FIN) vs M Youzhny (RUS)
D Tursunov (RUS) vs J Chardy (FRA)
[1] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [5] J Janowicz (POL)

Not Before 20:00
[3] N Almagro (ESP) vs [7] F Fognini (ITA)
J Isner (USA) / F Lopez (ESP) vs [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)

PISTA 1 start 16:00
Not Before 16:00
J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) vs J Nieminen (FIN) / D Tursunov (RUS) – After Suitable Rest

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Roger Federer Survives Denis Istomin to Move into Basel Quarters

 

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(October 23, 2013) Roger Federer survived a scare from world No. 48 Denis Istomin in Basel on Wednesday and pulled through with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win.

No. 7 Federer saw his chances of qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals in London improve when Richard Gasquet lost 6-4, 6-2 to his fellow Frenchman Michael Llodra in a first round match. Federer is currently 6th in the Race to London and only the top 8 will participate in the ATP World Tour Finals.

Top seed Juan Martin del Potro, who already has a berth into the ATP year-ender beat wild card Henri Laaksonen, 6-4, 6-4. No. 6 seed Kei Nishikori lost 6-1, 6-2 to Ivan Dodig of Croatia.

 

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 23 OCTOBER, 2013

Singles – Second Round
[3] R Federer (SUI) d D Istomin (UZB) 46 63 62
I Dodig (CRO) d [6] K Nishikori (JPN) 61 62

Singles – First Round
[1] J Del Potro (ARG) d [WC] H Laaksonen (SUI) 64 64
M Llodra (FRA) d [5] R Gasquet (FRA) 64 62
[8] G Dimitrov (BUL) d R Stepanek (CZE) 63 63
[Q] P Mathieu (FRA) d [Q] D Kudla (USA) 64 75
V Pospisil (CAN) d R Haase (NED) 64 64

Doubles – First Round

[1] R Bopanna (IND) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d L Kubot (POL) / A Seppi (ITA) 57 63 10-7
T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) d [2] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) 36 76(4) 10-8
J Knowle (AUT) / O Marach (AUT) d C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR) 62 76(1)

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 24 OCTOBER, 2013

CENTER COURT start 14:00
E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs [Q] T Kamke (GER)

Not Before 16:00
[Q] P Mathieu (FRA) vs M Llodra (FRA)

Not Before 18:00
[1] J Del Potro (ARG) vs M Baghdatis (CYP)

Not Before 20:00
[8] G Dimitrov (BUL) vs [WC] A Dolgopolov (UKR)
D Istomin (UZB) / H Zeballos (ARG) vs T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR)

COURT 2 start 14:00

V Pospisil (CAN) vs I Karlovic (CRO)

Not Before 16:00
L Kubot (POL) vs D Brands (GER)
M Llodra (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) vs A Begemann (GER) / M Emmrich (GER) – AFTER SUITABLE REST

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Berdych and Wawrinka Fall in Basel

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(October 2, 2013) With the ATP World Tour Finals less than two weeks away both Tomas Berdych and Stanislas Wawrinka’s efforts to move closer to qualifying were spoiled with surprise losses at the Swiss Indoors on Tuesday in Basel.

Second seeded Berdych could not take advantage of a match point and fell to Ivo Karlovic 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(2). Berdych sits in 6th in the race to London.

Wawrinka also failed to add points in his battle to reach the year-end event in London when he fell to Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 6-3. Wawrinka fell to 8th in the race to London with Roger Federer’s win on Monday.

 

ATP World Tour 500
Basel, Switzerland  (+2 hours GMT)
21-27 October, 2013     Surface: Indoor Hard

 

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 22 OCTOBER, 2013

Singles – First Round
I Karlovic (CRO) d [2] T Berdych (CZE) 46 76(4) 76(2) – saved 1 M.P.

E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d [4] S Wawrinka (SUI) 64 63
[6] K Nishikori (JPN) d [WC] M Chiudinelli (SUI) 62 64
D Brands (GER) d [7] A Seppi (ITA) 76(3) 63
M Baghdatis (CYP) d [Q] B Becker (GER) 76(8) 61
D Istomin (UZB) d H Zeballos (ARG) 75 76(3)
I Dodig (CRO) d C Berlocq (ARG) 20 ret. (right foot)

Doubles – First Round

L Dlouhy (CZE) / P Hanley (AUS) d [WC] S Ehrat (SUI) / H Laaksonen (SUI) 63 76(6)
M Llodra (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) d J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) 61 63
D Istomin (UZB) / H Zeballos (ARG) d D Nestor (CAN) / V Pospisil (CAN) 62 76(4) 

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 23 OCTOBER, 2013

CENTER COURT start 14:00
M Llodra (FRA) vs [5] R Gasquet (FRA)
Not Before 16:00
[1] J del Potro (ARG) vs [WC] H Laaksonen (SUI)
Not Before 18:00
D Istomin (UZB) vs [3] R Federer (SUI)
Not Before 20:00
[8] G Dimitrov (BUL) vs R Stepanek (CZE)
T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) vs [2] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED)

COURT 2 start 14:00

[Q] P Mathieu (FRA) vs [Q] D Kudla (USA)
Not Before 16:00
V Pospisil (CAN) vs R Haase (NED)
[6] K Nishikori (JPN) vs I Dodig (CRO)
[1] R Bopanna (IND) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs L Kubot (POL) / A Seppi (ITA)
C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR) vs J Knowle (AUT) / O Marach (AUT)

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Federer Opens Basel Campaign with win over Mannarino

 

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(October 21, 2013) Roger Federer won his first round match at his hometown tournament in Basel, Switzerland over Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-2. The Swiss who is bidding to qualify for the ATP World Tour finals is trying to win his second tournament of 2013.

Monday’s win gives the five-time Basel champion and third seed a 48-8 record overall at the event.

“I think it was a pretty good performance for a first round,” Federer said to ATP World Tour.com. “I had some good spells and some that were tougher. I fought through and stayed positive throughout. I kept playing aggressive, the way I would like to play for the week.”

“Clearly I want to do really well here,” said Federer. Federer is currently in eight place in the race to London and is scheduled to play the Paris Masters next week. “It all kind of started here for me. It’s very special for me. I just need to be careful I don’t put too much pressure on myself. But ever since I was able to win the tournament here in 2006 for the first time, that pressure has kind of gone. Now, it’s about enjoying it.”

ATP World Tour 500
Basel, Switzerland  (+2 hours GMT)
21-27 October, 2013     Surface: Indoor Hard

RESULTS – MONDAY, 21 OCTOBER, 2013

Singles – First Round
[3] R Federer (SUI) d A Mannarino (FRA) 64 62
[Q] T Kamke (GER) d V Hanescu (ROU) 64 64
L Kubot (POL) d D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 76(6) 62
[WC] A Dolgopolov (UKR) d K De Schepper (FRA) 64 64

Doubles – First Round
[3] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d [WC] M Chiudinelli (SUI) / M Lammer (SUI) 63 16 17-15
A Begemann (GER) / M Emmrich (GER) d [4] M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU) 63 64

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 22 OCTOBER, 2013

CENTER COURT start 14:00
[Q] B Becker (GER) vs M Baghdatis (CYP)
Not Before 16:00
[6] K Nishikori (JPN) vs [WC] M Chiudinelli (SUI)
Not Before 18:00
[4] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
Not Before 20:00
I Karlovic (CRO) vs [2] T Berdych (CZE)
L Dlouhy (CZE) / P Hanley (AUS) vs [WC] S Ehrat (SUI) / H Laaksonen (SUI)

COURT 2 start 14:00

C Berlocq (ARG) vs I Dodig (CRO)
D Istomin (UZB) vs H Zeballos (ARG)
M Llodra (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) vs J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL)
D Brands (GER) vs [7] A Seppi (ITA)
D Nestor (CAN) / V Pospisil (CAN) vs D Istomin (UZB) / H Zeballos (ARG)

ATP World Tour 500
Valencia, Spain  (+2 hours GMT)
21-27 October, 2013     Surface: Indoor Hard

RESULTS – MONDAY, 21 OCTOBER, 2013

Singles – First Round
[7] F Fognini (ITA) d M Klizan (SVK) 75 36 60
[WC] R Bautista Agut (ESP) d [8] K Anderson (RSA) 36 76(5) 63
M Granollers (ESP) d J Tipsarevic (SRB) 12 ret. (foot)
D Tursunov (RUS) d A Montanes (ESP) 64 61

Doubles – First Round

[2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d [WC] P Andujar (ESP) / G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 64 76(2)
J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) d J Benneteau (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 63 62
J Isner (USA) / F Lopez (ESP) d P Kohlschreiber (GER) / F Mayer (GER) 63 67(7) 10-7

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 22 OCTOBER, 2013

AGORA start 12:00 noon
[Q] P Carreno Busta (ESP) vs [5] J Janowicz (POL)
F Lopez (ESP) vs J Benneteau (FRA)
[3] N Almagro (ESP) vs P Andujar (ESP)
[WC] F Verdasco (ESP) vs [Q] M Przysiezny (POL)
[6] G Simon (FRA) vs [Q] A Falla (COL)

PISTA 1 start 12:00 noon

[WC] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [Q] J Sousa (POR)
M Youzhny (RUS) vs B Tomic (AUS)
T Haas (GER) / A Sa (BRA) vs [WC] R Bautista Agut (ESP) / P Carreno Busta (ESP)
J Nieminen (FIN) / D Tursunov (RUS) vs [3] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP)

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Rafael Nadal Withdraws From Basel Tournament

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(October 18, 2013) World No. 1 Rafael Nadal announced on his Facebook page that he will not play the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Basel, Switzerland next week. He posted the following on Facebook:

Hola a todos, deciros que siento mucho anunciar que no viajare a Suiza, al torneo de Basilea, ya que después de estas ultimas semanas de mucha intensidad, tengo que cuidar mi salud y mi preparación física. Espero poder estar en el Swiss Indoors el año que viene.

Hi all, sorry to announce that I won’t travel to Basel in Switzerland but after very exhausting weeks I have to regroup my fitness and my body. I will do my best to come back to the Swiss Indoors next year.

With his pullout, Juan Martin Del Potro will become the top seed in the event. Roger Federer who  was born in Basel is the third seed in the tournament.

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Nadal to Play in Federer’s Hometown Tournament in Basel

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(April 29, 2013) Roger Federer may not have officially signed a contract to play his hometown tournament, the Swiss Indoors in Basel but stated he would play. The tournament announced on Monday that Rafael Nadal will play in Basel for the first time in nine years, when he lost to Rainer Schuettler in the first round in 2004.

Joining Nadal in the field will be last year’s champion Juan Martin Del Potro, Stanislas Wawrinka, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori.

The tournament will be held the week of October 19th.

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