Roger Federer lifts 99th ATP Tour title in hometown of Basle with straight sets win over qualifier Marius Copil
- Roger Federer lifted his 99th ATP Tour title on Sunday in his hometown of Basle
- He was given a warm welcome as he beat qualifier Marius Copil in straight sets
- It was Federer’s first title in more than four months since he won in Stuttgart
Roger Federer won his 99th career ATP Tour title on Sunday, beating qualifier Marius Copil 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the Swiss Indoors final.
A ninth title at Federer’s hometown event in Basle, where he was once a ball boy, matched the nine he won at the Halle grass-court event in Germany. He closed the gap on the all-time singles titles list to Jimmy Connors, who leads with 109.
Federer blew kisses to a 12,000 crowd in the renovated St. Jakobhalle, which now gives Basle’s local hero a bigger main stage.
Roger Federer lifted his 99th ATP Tour title on Sunday by winning the Swiss Indoors event
It was the perfect end to the event for the home crowd with Basle Federer’s hometown event
Federer was once a ballboy at the event and he shook hands with each of them on Sunday
25 years on…
From ball kid in 1993 to nine-time champion in 2018 [email protected] #SwissIndoorsBasel pic.twitter.com/z7q69g3Buu
‘It’s been a magical week. It was dream run for me,’ Federer said in his acceptance speech, before his fans’ ovation brought tears to his eyes.
The top-seeded Swiss rallied from trailing by a service break in each set against the 93rd-ranked Romanian, whose serve was measured at 243 kph (151 mph) in his opening service game.
Federer clinched minutes after saving a break point, taking his first match-point chance when Copil sent a backhand into the net.
Federer clenches his fist in a mini-celebration after rallying coming back from a service break
The title was the 37-year-old Federer’s first in more than four months since winning on grass at Stuttgart in June.
Federer’s 151st singles final on the ATP tour shaped as one of his biggest mismatches by ranking. He has never lost a final to an opponent ranked below No. 87.
Their first meeting came after Federer amassed 20 Grand Slam singles titles, while Copil has just one career match win at a Grand Slam – in the 2015 Australian Open first round.
The 28-year-old Copil came to Basle with career prize money – $1.67 million (£1.3m) – significantly less than Federer earned just for winning the Australian Open in January.
Copil, currently ranked No. 93, is in line to rise above his career-best ranking of No. 73 when the new list is published Monday.
The unfancied Romanian qualifier has done well in Switzerland but could not stop Federer
The first-set tiebreaker was likely to be crucial given Copil’s career record of 8-52 when losing the opening set in top-tier matches.
Federer got a mini-break in the seventh point, being rewarded for solid defense from the baseline when Copil netted an attempted drop shot.
After Copil saved two set points with big serves, Federer took the first on his own serve when his opponent sent a forehand long. Federer celebrated with a shout and a pump of his right fist.
In the second set, Copil again quickly broke serve and this time held the key fifth game when Federer had two break points.
It was a brief respite until Federer broke in Copil’s next service game despite the Romanian ending one long rally with a backhand lob for a winner.
The title is Federer’s first in more than four months since he last won the event in Stuttgart
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