August 5, 2015

Roger Federer Wins Sixth Basel Title

Roger Federer Pizza party with Bael ball kids

(October 26, 2014) Roger Federer captured his sixth hometown title in Basel within eight years defeating David Goffin for the Swiss Indoors title 6-2, 6-2 in 52 minutes on Sunday.

“I didn’t expect this kind of result but clearly I’ll take it, it’s great,” said the champion. “It’s indoors tennis, sometimes you just blow a guy out of the court and I’m happy it was me today doing that.”


“I’m very pleased how well I’m playing,” Federer added “It was a great final, I think I played really well. I’m full of confidence now.

“I was expecting it to be tough and him taking charge at times but I think I was really able to control the match with my serve and then with my variation on the return. I think I did really well, I was fresh today, it was again a fifth day of tennis for me in a row and I’m happy I’m able to keep it up time and time again, week after week.”

His 82nd title moves him less than 500 ranking points within world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. He is now on a 12-match win streak since claiming the Shanghai Masters title.

“It would be very special to reclaim No. 1, the 33-year-old said.

“World No. 1 is what it’s all about in our game. With the year I have had and the amount of finals I have played, the level of tennis I have played, I am pleased to see that I have a shot. But having a shot and being there is two separate things. I am sure that Novak is going to come in very motivated, just after having a baby. I am very happy for him. There are clearly interesting weeks ahead.”

The 23-year-old Goffin, who had won 43 of 45 matches since Wimbledon, including on the ATP Challenger Tour, was seeking his third ATP World Tour title of the year following victories on the clay courts of Kitzbühel and indoor hard courts of Metz.

“It was a tough match, of course,” said the Belgian. “Here in his hometown, he was in great shape and played too good for me today. At the beginning of the match I was a little bit nervous, especially a final against Roger. It’s not easy to return his serve. That’s why it was a nightmare for me today. I made a lot of mistakes and I didn’t serve well, but it has been a good week for me. I will try to do better next time.”
Next stop for the No. 2 player is the BNP Paribas Masters, followed by the ATP World Tour Finals in London. He’ll end the year playing the Davis Cup final as France plays host to Switzerland in Lille.


Roger Federer Moves Past Grigor Dimitrov in Basel

Roger Federer

(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.




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


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)


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


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


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)


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



ATP World Tour 500

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


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


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


Roger Federer Survives Denis Istomin to Move into Basel Quarters


Federer dubai running

(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.



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)


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


Berdych and Wawrinka Fall in Basel

Berdych 1 31

(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



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) 


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)


Federer to Play Hometown Tourney

Federer 3

(April 10, 2013)  Roger Federer will play his hometown tournament in Basel Switzerland – the Swiss Indoors. There had been reports in the media to the contrary

Federer told the Swiss daily newspaper Tages Anzeiger that “everyone knows how much this tournament means to me and that is still true.”

Federer’s contract ended with the tournament last year. Federer told the paper that he could play Basel without any type of agreement.



Del Potro Stops Federer for Swiss Indoors Title

(October 27, 2012) Juan Martin Del Potro defeated hometown hero Roger Federer 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3) to capture the Swiss Indoors title in Basel on Sunday.

The win for the Argentine is his first of the year versus the Swiss to whom he had lost to six times in 2012. It’s Del Potro’s 13th overall ATP World Tour title and fourth of the year – he won Vienna last week.

“It was an unbelievable final, the match was really close,” said Del Potro. “After six losses, it was a big win for me. I was fighting all the time. I got lucky in the end, but I felt that I played a really good match.

“I was focused on my defensive game, keeping the ball in play and building my confidence in order to break his serve. It was tough for both of us. I was to enjoy this title, then get ready to play in Paris and London.”

“Always, playing against Roger is a pleasure,“ said the Argentine in an on-court interview. “We know he’s the best player ever in this sport.”

Federer was seeking his sixth Basel crown and 77th career title to tie John McEnroe for third place in the Open Era.

“You deserved it,” Federer told Del Potro. “You had a couple of tough losses against me this year and I’m really happy for you.”

“I thought overall I played pretty good. He got off to a bit of a better start, but it was close. He served well at the beginning, which made him the better player in the first set. The second set was close. He didn’t play a very good tie-break and then I had my chances early on in the third. I couldn’t break, despite doing the right things, but then I didn’t play a good tie-break myself.

He has been playing really well this season. I have played him seven times. Every time, I can see he is extremely tough. He has been making the right improvements throughout the year. He is, basically, right there again.