Federer, qualifier Copil reach Basel final — ATP roundup

31 October, 2018, 13:34 | Author: George Williams
  • Federer survives Simon scare to reach Swiss Indoors semi-finals

Roger Federer advanced to the 14th Swiss Indoors final of his career by beating seventh-seeded Daniil Medvedev 6-1, 6-4 on Saturday. "Just walking out for a Basel final was always my dream, already just playing on centre court was a thrill", Federer said.

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

Federer struggled into the semifinals on Friday, the top seed eking out an error-filled 7-6 (7/1), 4-6, 6-4 defeat of Gilles Simon.

"This was nearly a turnaround week for me", the Swiss legend said.

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

Roger was magnificent behind his first serve, winning 32 out of 34 points and saving three out of five break points, creating the same number of chances on the other side and converting three to wrap up the win in straight sets and made his crowd erupting in joy.

The Swiss was a break down in both sets against the Romanian, who set up the match by upsetting second seed Alexander Zverev in the last four.

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

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

Nishikori, in his third final this season, is seeking his first title since 2016 and potentially a spot in the ATP finals. He needed 44 minutes to claim the opening set but was brought back to level-pegging as Zverev won the second in a tiebreaker.

Federer was pushed to the limits in the final as well Copil forced a tie-breaker in the first set before taking a 4-1 lead in the second.

After dropping the second set, the world No. 3 grabbed a break of serve early in the decider only to hand it back with a sloppy service game of his own, reports Efe news.

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Standing between Federer and what would be his ninth career title at his hometown tournament is the unfancied Copil, who beat world number six Marin Cilic earlier in the week.

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