Roger Federer Claims 99th ATP Title With Basel Triumph Read In

Roger Federer Claims 99th ATP Title With Basel Triumph Read In

It was his 12th successive appearance in the Basel final. "I was able to use my experience today".

The eight-time champion and hometown hero needed 2 hours and 36 minutes to complete the victory 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-4, as the first set took more than an hour alone.

"I want to congratulate Kei on a great week", Anderson said on court after receiving the trophy.

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

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The 35th-ranked Serb then broke Federer's serve three times, including back-to-back to clinch the set and level the match.

From there Federer really set the tone of the match in the tiebreaker, where the Swiss man raced to a 5-1 lead before earning the set after an hour of hard-fight when Simon erred his backhand wide.

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

Just as Federer looked to be settling into form after almost 30 unforced errors in the opening set, more disruption ensued.

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Federer began the year by winning the Australian Open and his ninth Basel title was his fourth of the season but the first since his victory in Stuttgart in June.

"I came through qualifying and I didn't know what to expect but here I am", said the 28-year-old Copil.

The Japanese's efforts were further undermined by 23 unforced errors and three double faults and though he improved enough to force a second set tiebreak, Anderson held his nerve and sealed the win with an ace. Copil has two after also beating No. 6 Marin Cilic in the second round.

Like never before in Basel, Roger got broken 11 times in the opening four matches against Filip Krajinovic, Jan-Lennard Struff, Gilles Simon and Daniil Medvedev and he allowed Copil to steal his serve twice as well, having the advantage in both sets but crumbling under the pressure to waste the opportunity for a much better result and a possible first ATP crown.

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

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