Federer claims 99th ATP title with Basel triumph

31 October, 2018, 13:32 | Author: Marlene Myers
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Roger Federer hoisted the 99th title of his glittering career in his home town of Basel on Sunday with a straight sets win over the Romanian journeyman Marius Copil.

His ninth title at his hometown event, where he was once a ball boy, has now matched the nine he won at the Halle grasscourt event in Germany. Competing in his 14th Basel final, Roger delivered the 71st win in front of the home fans (the 20th in a row) for the title number 99 and the 21st ATP 500 crown, leaving Rafael Nadal on 20.

"I'd love to see now what kind of results I can have - but it went his way today, this is how it ended".

The world No.8 sent down 13 aces and 36 winners, winning 91 per cent of his first-serve points as he wrapped up victory in just under two hours.

"I hope Marius spent a lot of energy in his match, I'm feeling very fresh", said Federer.

Federer fought back from 5-2 down in the first set to force a tie-break, where he began to take control of the match as he converted seven of eight points to snatch the lead on the hour mark.

Anderson was runner-up to Djokovic at Wimbledon this year but the win in Vienna represented the biggest title of his career.

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It took top seed Federer just 19 minutes to secure the opening set against Medvedev.

The world number five is aiming for his fourth ATP title of the season. Federer though was fortunate to win the set even after making almost 30 unforced errors.

Copil again showed his steel with an early break in the second set before Federer made another fightback with an overhead victor to break back in the seventh game. This week, he has beaten No. 6 Marin Cilic and Zverev, who is ranked fifth.

The third set looked like going Federer's way, with the seed breaking in the second game, but losing serve in the seventh.

"It's very hard for me to explain how it feels like", Federer added.

Anderson, 32, who has never previously finished in the end-of-year top 10, is the first singles player from South Africa to play in the Tour Finals since Wayne Ferreira in 1995.

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