Sunday 4 December 2016

Federer sees off Nadal in home final

Published 02/11/2015 | 02:30

Roger Federer celebrates his victory at the Swiss Indoors ATP 500 tennis tournament in Basel
Roger Federer celebrates his victory at the Swiss Indoors ATP 500 tennis tournament in Basel

Roger Federer overcame his old rival Rafael Nadal in three sets to claim his seventh Swiss Indoors title in Basle.

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The decorated duo met for the first time this year with Federer (pictured) top seed and strong favourite but Nadal enjoying the better of the head-to-head record, including victories in their last five matches.

Federer came through 6-3 5-7 6-3, going after the game in assertive and confident fashion on his way to 44 winners, 12 aces and three breaks of serve.

Nadal, meanwhile, was unable to serve up an ace and only managed to break his opponent once in the second set.

Federer won against serve in the fifth and ninth games of the opening set, the Spaniard struggling with his first serve and the local favourite producing some worthy winners.

Nadal tightened up to level the score with the solitary break of the second set, but Federer was back in the groove for the decider and finished up by taking three consecutive games.

As well as a handsome cheque and an 88th tour title, world No2 Federer bettered Nadal for the first time since the semi-finals at Indian Wells three years ago.

In 34 meetings, the elder man has now won 11 times to Nadal's 23.

Speaking on court after collecting a very familiar trophy, Federer addressed his opponent to say: "I hope we keep playing finals like this in the future. It's been a fantastic week for me."

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