Federer Seeks Sixth Basel Title Sunday Against Del Potro; Ferrer In Valencia Final
by Sean Randall | October 27th, 2012
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There were no real surprises in Basel this week as the top two seeds both reached the finals. That means it’s Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro Sunday! Both guys seem to be in good form, especially the Argentine who just won Vienna and enters the championships bout riding an 8-match winning streak.

But Federer will be the prohibitive home favorite who’s playing in his ninth Basel final. Roger also owns a decisive head-to-head edge over Del Potro 13-2 however the last two have been marathon cliffhangers both won by the Swiss 19-17 at the Olympics and then in five at the French Open.

“I played better than yesterday. I know I have to play better tomorrow if I want to win this tournament,” said Del Potro after a 6-2, 6-2 win over Richard Gasquet. “I’m going step by step and enjoying this victory against Gasquet. It’s going to be a difficult final for me but I will be ready to play.”

At stake for Federer is not just a 7th title this year but No. 77 overall which would tie him with John McEnroe on the all-time list. After beating Paul-Henri Mathieu today 7-5, 6-4 he’s also at win No. 875, also equal with McEnroe.

“I’m excited about playing Juan Martin in the final. It’s great seeing him backing up his win in Vienna. We’ve played six times already this season. We had a couple of tough ones at [Roland Garros] and the Olympics. We can look back at some great matches and hopefully live up to another one tomorrow. I’m ready to go.”

As for a pick, Del Potro certainly is the hotter player but playing in Basel and having won all six meetings this year in the series I have to give a very slight edge to Federer.

In the Valencia final it’s David Ferrer against Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Tennis Channel as the Basel at 10am followed by the Valencia title match. Both on tape.


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69 Comments for Federer Seeks Sixth Basel Title Sunday Against Del Potro; Ferrer In Valencia Final

jane Says:

I agree with your call, but I’d give him more than a slight edge, given it’s his home court and he’s 13-2 over Delpo! I know Delpo is dangerous, but I will be surprised if he wins tomorrow. In any case, he did well to reach his second final in as many weeks!


alison Says:

Should be a great final hopefully,just hope Delpo can keep it competitive,and not suffer a beatdown,however we will see,good luck to both players.


Tootie Says:

I was so disappointed when I learned Juan Martin had a “traveling girlfriend”. I thought he was a Christian. By all rights, he should stop crossing himself and lifting his hand up to Jesus. “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornnicators and adulterers God will judge.” Hebrews 13:4


Tootie Says:

I was so diappointed to learn Del Potro isn’t a Christian. He has a girlfriend who travels with him. This is fornication.


John Says:

^
Think you got the wrong forum :)

Christian forum is this way ——-> !


Kimmi Says:

c’mon fed!!


Kimmi Says:

huge forehands from delpo


the DA Says:

C’mon Delpo!


Kimmi Says:

Too close, federer needs to win 2nd set to stay alive. This set looks like tie breaker.


Kimmi Says:

delpo break point. important point here..


Kimmi Says:

what a FH from fed…c’mon


Kimmi Says:

Lucky, very lucky. federer holds.

where is everybody?


the DA Says:

The last few points were quite something. Have a feeling JMDP needs to do this in 2.


Kimmi Says:

delpo holding easily. looks like it is delpos this…c’mon fed


Kimmi Says:

4-1 can fed hold this…c’moon


skeezer Says:

Delpo playing solid…when he can get prepared for the FH, its a rocket on the slick stuff.


Kimmi Says:

WOW! federer needs this point…c’moooon!


the DA Says:

Typical Delpo. Not a good TB player, was suddenly so passive and tentative. I guess he’s going to have to swallow another loss after having the lead.


gannu Says:

that was super close…del po is just firing thunderstorms!!!! come on feddy bear u need to win this


the DA Says:

That was odd, Fed muttering after missing a shot.


steve-o Says:

Federer pissed at his forehand.

He’s in this by virtue of his serve, his mind-boggling variety, and sheer fighting spirit. Not through the quality of his baseline game.


skeezer Says:

Delpo too strong today. Serve and FH are blazin. Fed will have a tough time coming back on this one. Still not over….


steve-o Says:

DA, I don’t know . There was only one point that went against the server, and Del Potro came up with great first serves to save two of the three set points.

Federer had to really work the last set point with slice until he could go inside-out and force an error from Del Potro’s backhand. Clearly he didn’t trust himself to hit a forehand winner on such an important point.

If Federer can’t trust his forehand, he’s in trouble even against a good player. Against Del Potro, it’s a wonder he’s still in the match.

Oh well. No one said trying to win a title six times was easy.


Kimmi Says:

federer missing too many break chances…c’mon


Kimmi Says:

crunch time now! federer serving second doesn’t help him.


gannu Says:

too nerve wrecking to c the closing stages of this match,,,, how am i gonna to bear this!


steve-o Says:

Just as at the Olympics, even if Federer wins this it might take too much out of him for the next match. Hopefully that extra day of rest from the first-round bye will be enough.


gannu Says:

fck tiebreqk…this hear is too weak to take this


Kimmi Says:

c’moooon fed


steve-o Says:

In by a micromillimeter!


Kimmi Says:

delpo with a mini break this time


van orten Says:

delpo deserves one victory vs roger..


steve-o Says:

Congrats to Del Potro.


Kimmi Says:

congrats to delpo..never broken today!


the DA Says:

Delpo does it! Very happy for him. He could use a win like this.


John Says:

wow, although Fed lost I was still impressed. Think his gonna be sharp for Wtf. If someone had to take it im glad it was Delpo..second favorite player.

Go Fed and good luck Delpo.


Giles Says:

Congrats Delpo and fans. Finally. a win over the ole man. Long match.


the DA Says:

Weird to play “Land of Hope and Glory” in Basel.


Giles Says:

Forgot to add “and in his own back yard”!!!


gannu Says:

misery one favorite has lost and wta favorite sharpie is also losing despite playing so well… that serena is just unreal when she serves that well


Brando Says:

VAMOOSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS JUAN MARTIN!!!!!!!!

A WELL DESERVED WIN!

He was so due to beat fed after the close losses in FO and Olympics- he deserved to win this one today!

As for fed: no shame really, he’s won so much he can afford to lose this one.

I STILL think fed should skip Paris.


dari Says:

Sad for fed loss in Basel, but pretty much impossible not to be happy for JM. Fed was so patchy from the baseline the only way he was able to even be in that match was the serve.
And juan was so solid on his, especially the first two sets. Well, I said I thought fed would play Paris, but by mid-week, i thought otherwise. And today I think he will not play Paris, regardless of if he won or not.

Congrats to delpo, Rog, bring it in London


Brando Says:

@Dari:

Great post by a sporting fed fan.


dari Says:

Don’t give me too much credit, Brando, I am a fan of delpo and also, I came out to be JM on the “which atp player are you” quiz, its only fitting I can be positive towards him. :)


jane Says:

Congrats to Delpo; he finally got the win over Fed, but only just! Are Delpo and Nole the only 2 to beat Fed in Basel then? For some reason I feel like Nalby had a win there, but was Fed playing?? Anyhow, Fed is definitely hard to beat at home.


jane Says:

Congrats to Ferrer as well; he won Valencia, which is close to his winning at home – he’s been denied that on clay, I think, so it’s nice to see him get this win.

All these contenders for WTF are claiming all the titles leading up to it: Ferrer, Delpo (2) and Berd have all won titles in the last 2 weeks. Interesting… I think we could be in for surprises in London!


dari Says:

Yes, Jane, David N. has a win over fed there, too, the commentators were saying that. Only those three since 06 I think. Those home tournaments are tough, I think he struggled a lot in the beginning. And the emotuonal stakes are really high


dari Says:

Well three losses since 06 isn’t that impressive, then. I think the stat is that delpo and novak only ones to beat him in yhe final.


jane Says:

True, very emotional at home. Crowd helps but there is pressure to do well also.


alison Says:

Congrats to Delpo that was a fantastic win against Roger in 3 tight sets,hes had a great couple of weeks,and the come back is now firmly on track,the thing he has to do now is to do it a in a slam,the question is can he beat 2 of the other top guys back to back,in best of 5 sets hmm? still great to see hes now heading in the right direction.


alison Says:

Oh yeah and congrats to Daveed Ferrer,if anyone deserves a title its him,who has had his fair share of knock backs,living in the shadow of Rafa cannot always be easy,so well done and good luck in the WTFs,good luck to all the players come to think of,with Rafa missing im pulling for Murray to end the season on a high,so go Murray.


skeezer Says:

Congrats Delpo! Fun match to watch :-)


Skeezer Says:

“It’s amazing for me,” del Potro, who never dropped serve, said in an on-court interview. “Always, playing against Roger is a pleasure. We know he’s the best player ever in this sport.”


Giles Says:

^^^ I am sure he didn’t mean the last sentence. He always says that. #VeryPolite


mike Says:

absolutely diabolical performance by Federer in the final today, i’m afraid he’s slipped back into one of his ‘tennis comas’ which we seen all too often in 2008, 2009 and 2011

if he cant even string a decent point together Indoors and infront of his home fans then where does he go from there

of course now he’s scrapped Paris 1000 whuch i guess he needed to do but he really should look at his schedule and ask why he is having to miss three masters 1000 events in one season, surely you fucking prioritize those ahead of small events or dare i say – exhibitions in Argentina at the end of the season.


skeezer Says:

@giles

Yea, right. Good try trying to make it insignifcant. Why do all the players and coaches say the same thing all the time?

“Fed is the best ever”

Your jealousy is showing.

#WhosBad


Giles Says:

@skeezer. “Why do all the players and coaches say the same thing all the time. Fed is the best ever”. Hmmmm let me think. They are all a polite breed? Yes/No. #CouldntCareLess


skeezer Says:

@mike

My gosh man, they had to play a 3rd set TB to determine the winner. Fed had his moments, and Delpo is a high quality player. Delpo was the stronger player today, but Fed got to his 7th Basel Final. Not bad. If Fed played just a hair better from the backcourt he would have won. But Delpo had something to do with that….congrats again to the big man. Fed, just keep playing and getting to semis at least where you always have a shot at a title.


skeezer Says:

Giles

Rafa polite breed? Mmmmm …..don’t want to do a crossover with him in between points.

You finally came out of your shell.

#couldn’tcarelesscauseiamjealous


madmax Says:

Really well done to Juan Martine, great that he was able to win a match against Roger after losing so many times against him…doesn’t matter that Roger didn’t win, of course he will be disappointed, but what a gentleman at the end of the match to say he deserved to win and that he had lost a few times against roger this year, so it was his time.

Plus, I think Fed makes the right decision not to play Paris, to rest, for sure is the answer right now. Let Novak and Andy fight it out for the title.

Fed has won it, has that on his resume, so am pleased he has decided to rest.

Good job.


madmax Says:

and let’s face it, it was not a blow out or a let down, this was a highly fought match, close tie breaker, fed had his shots, didn’t pull it off. Am happy for Juan Martin, he is such a gentle giant of the game. Great smile too and loves Roger, has the greatest respect. In fact Fed has the greatest respect for him too.


Alok Says:

Congrats to Delpo!

I just watched ESPN2′s delayed broadcast, and I saw this as a very close match. Roger didn’t do well on the long points, and I see this as his impatience to end the points quickly, which is how he’s always played. Fed’s not a baseline slugger like the other guys, and it’s the reason why he’s lasted for so long on the tour.Delpo is a tough player to beat when he’s on.

I don’t think JMDP was being polite to Fed. He has genuine respect for Roger and has always praised Fed regardless of whether he wins or loses. To me, that’s genunine respect and admiration, not politeness.

Fed can’t win all of his matches at his age, but he’s doing darn well if I might say so, playing against guys who are 6-8 years younger than he is, and still manages to win titles.

I’m proud of Fed’s achievements. I doubt that most of his records will ever be broken.

Sampras must be happy that at least one of his records will remain intact.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Pretty close match, considering Roger’s GS were not as consistent. I believe Roger’s


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Pretty close match, considering Roger’s GS were not as consistent. I believe Roger’s motivation has come down a bit after winning both Wimby and Olympics medal. He is not the same player we saw from end of last year till Wimbledon.

Let’s see how much he is focused on 2013.


Margot Says:

Sorry Delpotro fans, but am never happy when power beats touch :(


noogie Says:

I never thought I was gonna say it but I agree with Kirmal Mumar’s (Mumbai’s) last statement.


mike Says:

that was Fed’s 9th Basel final not 7

and his record is a pretty mediocre 5-4 now

lost 4 finals on his own backyard (Enqvist, Henman, Djokovic, Del Potro)

it was an absolutely shameful match on his side, quite how Del Potro needed nearly 3 hours to win baffles me, it really does.

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