Roger bags 8th Basel crown, 95th over­all

Cebu Daily News - - SPORTS -

Basel, Switzer­land — Roger Fed­erer fi­nally beat Juan Martin del Potro in a Swiss In­doors fi­nal, win­ning 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-3 Sun­day to go clear in sec­ond place on the Open era ti­tle list.

Fed­erer’s 95th ATP tour­na­ment win — the eighth in his home­town Basel event where he was once a ball­boy — lifted him out of a tie with Ivan Lendl, trail­ing only Jimmy Con­nors who has 109.

The top-seeded Fed­erer suc­ceeded on the same court where he lost the 2012 and 2013 Basel fi­nals to del Potro.

Fed­erer ral­lied from a break down in the de­ci­sive set and clinched when the fourth-seeded Ar­gen­tine sent a ser­vice re­turn long.

Trail­ing in the sec­ond set, the 36-year-old Swiss had slammed his racket on the net cord in frus­tra­tion when wast­ing a break-point chance.

Fed­erer im­proved to 7-1 in fi­nals this sea­son. They in­clude his pre­vi­ous event, the Shang­hai Masters two weeks ago, and Grand Slam ti­tles at the Aus­tralian Open and Wim­ble­don.

Stick­ing to a sched­ule that avoids play­ing back-to-back weeks, Fed­erer later Sun­day pulled out of the Paris Masters which starts Mon­day and will fo­cus on the ATP Fi­nals start­ing Nov. 12 in Lon­don.

That de­ci­sion by the No. 2ranked Fed­erer all but as­sures the end-of-sea­son No. 1 sta­tus for Rafael Nadal who is top-seeded in Paris.

Vic­tory Sun­day lifted Fed­erer to a 18-6 life­time record against del Potro, who has a 3-2 edge over Fed­erer in fi­nals.

AP

Roger Fed­erer re­acts dur­ing the fi­nal match against Ar­gentina’s Juan Martin del Potro.

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