May 26, 2017

“Fedal” Part 34 – Roger Federer Snaps Five-Match Losing Streak Against Rafael Nadal to Win Seventh Basel Title


Federer-Nadal by Rosemary Nardone

(November 1, 2015) In their first match-up since the 2014 Australian Open semifinals, Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal to win the Swiss Indoors final 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in Basel. For the Swiss competing in his 10th straight Basel final, the win which gave him his seventh trophy in his hometown, broke a five-match losing streak against the 14-time major champion Nadal. This was Federer’s 12th Basel final. Nadal leads their overall head-to-head record 23-11.

“It was a very special day,” said Federer, who was once a ballboy at the tournament. “Probably it was my best victory here in Basel.”

“I lost but I was close to winning, very close,” said Nadal.

Federer hit 12 aces, 44 winners with 32 unforced errors going 3 for 7 on break points during the two-hour and two minute match.

“It was one of my best weeks in Basel, considering everything I’ve done throughout my career here,” Federer said after the match. “I thought the match was close. I had my chances in the second, but he fought back well, like he’s done throughout the week really. Overall I was really happy how I played.
“I know I’ve had better backhand days and he’s had better forehand days than today, but the match was high quality and it was entertaining and exciting for both of us as well. The confidence is good, no doubt about that. It’s good to get back into the mood of winning after Shanghai… I think the body’s gotten used to match play again after all these weeks of not playing.”


This 88th overall tennis title for Federer, now marks the fifth tournament which he has won at least seven times – Halle (8), Wimbledon (7), Dubai (7) and Cincinnati (7).

This is the sixth championship trophy he’s collected this year, adding to this titles in Brisbane, Dubai, Istanbul, Halle and Cincinnati.

Despite the loss in the final, Nadal had good week, taking down former Top 10 players Grigor Dimitrov, Marin Cilic and Richard Gasquet all in a row to reach the final. He will see his ranking move up from No. 7.

“It’s good news for me,” said the Spaniard. “Today I have been very competitive against one of the best players in the world. And on the toughest surface for me.”

“My goal is to get back to my level and be competitive against the top players again and today I was very competitive against one of the best players in the world,” Nadal said. “The match wasn’t far away from me. He played well and I played well too. The match was very close to win, but I think he served very well in the third. I want to congratulate him for the victory and I had a lot of quality things in my game and mental side to take away from the week.”

Next stop for both men will be the Paris Masters Series event, followed by the ATP World Tour Finals in London.


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)


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