Roger Federer did it again! The Swiss Maestro added yet another title to his historic tally. 8th Basel title and 95th overall. He wouldn’t allow anyone to grab this title in his hometown.
The road to the Final was impressive, spectacular, but not without bumps on the way.
He started the campaign by crushing young rising star, Tiafoe, and then the explosive, but inconsistent Frenchmen, Benoit Paire. In the Quarters he had a first atypical set, where the 36-years-old was too passive and was waiting for the opponent’s mistakes. But he regrouped and, as a great champ that he is, he surged to victory even though it wasn’t his best day.
The Semifinal was a one-way traffic. Federer demolished David Goffin, which had his best year of his career so far. The Belgian was once again overpowered, his strength being his nemesis. He is yet clueless on how to get past Roger.
And then the Final. Awaiting there was a familiar foe. Roger’s 2009 and 2017’s US Open conqueror. 2012 and 2013’s Basel champion, defeating Roger in both finals. None other than the Tower of Tandil, Juan Martin del Potro. After an impressive finish of the year, the Argentinian overpowered Marin Cilic in the Semifinal. He comes close to a spot in the World Tour Final. He admitted that he is feeling tired, but that he would give his best.
Tennis fans were expecting a classic, an epic fight. And the players didn’t disappoint.
Federer started the match in style, storming with a break, just to blow it afterwards. It was a very inconsistent first set for the Swiss. But that was also due to Del Potro’s form, not only his surprising unforced errors.
Even from the start we had breathtaking rallies, where players were showcasing their impressive forehands. Federer was the player who was risking more, searching for the lines and coming to the net. He then broke Del Potro again, but was unable to close the set serving at 5-4, smashing a forehand way outside the baseline.
Juan managed to defend well from the baseline and pushed the first set into a tie-break, which he narrowly won, 7-6 (5).
The second set was a more consistent one from both, keeping their serves until the very end, when the GOAT managed to break the Argentinian to push the game into a decider.
But the third set proved to be full of surprises again. The 19-time Grand Slam winner was broken in the first game, but managed to break back immediately. He then claimed the next 3 games. The advantage proved to be too much this time, Roger finally controlling the match. Coming to the net, making volleys and smashes, he overpowered the Argentine. He wouldn’t miss to close the set this time, serving with confidence and claiming his tour-leading 7th title of the year with a 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-3 victory.
After the match, the already famous ritual continued, with Roger Federer eating pizza with the ball-kids.