Federer Wins 9th Swiss Indoors Title in Basel – Roger Federer continues to make history. The Swiss maestro came back from being down a break in each set to defeat Marius Copil for his ninth Swiss Indoors title Sunday afternoon. A ball boy at his hometown event in Basel 25 years ago, he has now won twenty consecutive matches at the ATP 500 tournament. Sunday’s triumph marks four consecutive titles (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018), as the 37-year-old Swiss has made the final every year since 2006 barring 2016 (injured, did not play), displaying a sky-high level of consistency. Now with a 71-9 record in Basel, the 20-time grand slam champion has won 99 titles in his career. Federer is the first male tennis player to win nine titles on two different surfaces (Halle on grass, Basel on indoor hard court). For the third time in four days, the Swiss fell behind a break of serve, at 1-3 in the first set and 1-4 in the second set, but both times, he was able to recover.
Federer served six aces to three double faults, and despite putting just 52% of his first serves into play, he was able to win 94% of points on his first serve. He saved three of five break points faced and converted three of five break point opportunities against Copil’s serve. After 1 hour 33 minutes, a strong forehand from the Swiss forced the 28-year-old Romanian’s backhand to go into the net, giving Federer his ninth Basel title, 7-6 (5) 6-4.
“To come through and win again here in my hometown, never knowing if this might be your last time that you had the opportunity to play a final, maybe win for the last time here in my city, it obviously means a lot to me and it becomes very emotional,” Federer said.
“I was tense today. I was nervous. But it started more throughout the game, because I couldn’t really get my game going the way I was hoping for it to go against Copil,” said Federer, who adds 500 ATP Ranking points and €427,765 in prize money. “But he did very well. I think he came out and he played nice tennis. Thankfully I was really good this week by taking my opportunities, especially on the return of serve, and I think that’s what got me the victory this week.”