Federer-Nadal Heavyweight Basel Final Stays with Swiss
Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal for the first time in 3-1/2 years on Sunday, claiming a seventh Basel title with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 win over the Spaniard. it was the first win for the Swiss over Nadal since Indian Wells in 2012.
Federer in the third set received a gift break on a Nadal double fault, then eventually broke again for a 5-3 lead before serving it out.
“It was one of my best weeks in Basel, considering everything I’ve done throughout my career here,” said Federer. “I know I’ve had better backhand days and he’s had better forehand days than today, but the match was high quality and it was entertaining and exciting for both of us as well.”
It was the sixth title for Federer this year, and 88th of his career. Nadal dropped to 67-31 in tour finals and 3-3 this year. “Today I was very competitive against one of the best players in the world,” said Nadal. “The match wasn’t far away from me. He played well and I played well too.”
Sousa Storms Back for Valencia Title
Portugal’s Joao Sousa beat Roberto Bautista Agut from a set and a break down 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to win the Valencia Open, his second career title after 2013 Kuala Lumpur.
“I didn’t get into the match as well as I wanted, Roberto was very solid,” said Sousa. “When he was a break up in the second, I decided to change my tactic a bit…I’ve lost five finals before so going into this match I was prepared to give it all until the end and it paid off.”
Sousa entered the match 0-3 in tour finals this year, and improved to 2-5 career in finals. Bautista Agut fell to 2-4 in career finals.
“Unfortunately, my intensity went down and I was very tired in the third set,” the Spaniard said. “I know that I finished the last two matches very late, I also came from Moscow where I reached the final last week. It’s been a long season and obviously this has affected my performance today.”
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