Federer claims 99th ATP title with Basel triumph

Federer claims 99th ATP title with Basel triumph

Federer claims 99th ATP title with Basel triumph

Federer, an eight-time victor of his hometown event, was far from his best but managed to come back from a break down to win the first set in a tiebreaker on Friday.

Roger Federer sealed the Swiss Indoors title for the ninth time with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 victory over Marius Copil and is now one short of 100 tournament wins.

Federer will be aiming to lift his ninth Basel title as he once again plays the final of his home tournament.

The 32-year-old is the first South African to reach the ATP Finals in 23 years and follows in the footsteps of compatriot Wayne Ferreira who achieved the feat in 1995. He has never lost a final to an opponent ranked below No. 87.

"It was a very good win for me, I'd rate it at eight out of 10", Federer said.

"I'm starting to really get to understand the conditions and it was consistent, my most consistent match by far. It was dream run for me", Federer said in his on-court acceptance speech, before his fans' ovation brought tears welling in his eyes.

Federer beats Copil to win 99th career title in Basel
Switzerland's Roger Federer and Romania's Marius Copil pose with trophies at the presentation. Reuters

Earlier, second seed Alexander Zverev hammered a dozen aces to reach the final four with a 7-5, 6-3 defeat of Roberto Bautista Agut.

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

The 20-time Grand Slam champion will have to re-group quickly for the semis, where he will play the victor from Greek breakthrough player Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev.

Just as Federer looked to be settling into form after almost 30 unforced errors in the opening set, more disruption ensued. He kept his foot on the pedal in the second, racing to a comfortable 4-0 lead but had to fight to emerge the victor.

But 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer roared back, first levelling the set before securing the crucial break of serve to move 5-4 ahead.

The third set looked like going Federer's way, with the seed breaking in the second game, but losing serve in the seventh. But two unforced errors in a row handed Federer the match.

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