Federer claims 99th ATP title with Basel triumph

Roger Federer

Roger Federer snapped back into form on Saturday (Oct 27) as he defeated Daniil Medvedev 6-1, 6-4 to reach a 14th final at the Swiss Indoors in his hometown of Basel.

Federer won his 20th straight match at the tournament and has played in 12 straight Basel finals.

It was the landmark 99th career title for Federer, and leaves him one title away from 100, and also from hitting double digits at the Swiss Indoors Basel. "I was able to use my experience today".

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.

Copil again showed his steel with an early break in the second set before Federer made another fightback with an overhead victor to break back in the seventh game.

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"I want to congratulate Kei on a great week", Anderson said on court after receiving the trophy. "I'm happy to win in front of my home crowd".

Federer fought back from 5-2 down in the first set to force a tie-break, where he began to take control of the match as he converted seven of eight points to snatch the lead on the hour mark.

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 will be a challenge but I'm excited to see how I feel tomorrow, playing a young guy", said Federer.

World No 11 Nishikori's luckless run means that a win in Memphis in 2016, his second career title, remains his most recent.

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Just as Federer looked to be settling into form after almost 30 unforced errors in the opening set, more disruption ensued.

The world number three will aim for his fourth title of 2018.

Anderson won in three sets in their only meeting this season.

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.

Qualifier Marius Copil, who beat third seed Marin Cilic in the second round, continued his run with a 7-6 (6) 7-5 win over American Taylor Fritz.

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