The Sun (Malaysia)



ROGER FEDERER defeated long-time rival Rafael Nadal 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 yesterday to win his seventh title at the Swiss Indoors as he played the home final for a record tenth consecutiv­e year. Federer and Nadal last met in an Australian Open semifinal nearly two years ago and played their last final in Rome in 2013, both of which Nadal won. The 34-year-old Swiss, world No.2 behind Novak Djokovic, claimed the 88th title of his career. The Basel trophy was his sixth of the season as he polished his record to 58-9. Federer’s victory was his 11th against Nadal, who has won 23 of their meetings. Victory in two hours in front of a charged-up crowd at the St Jakobshall­e gave Federer his first victory over Nadal since his 2012 triumph in the semifinals of the Indian Wells Masters, ending a five-match winning streak by the Spaniard. Nadal had won 14 of their previous finals, with Federer claiming six. But the Swiss improved to 5-1 against Nadal on indoor surfaces.

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