Federer v Del Potro In Basel Final; Tsonga v Pouille In Vienna
by Staff | October 28th, 2017, 11:35 pm
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Two former champions meet in the Basel final Sunday. Home favorite and 7-time winner Roger Federer meets 2-time champ Juan Martin del Potro in a dream matchup.

Federer flew past David Goffin 6-1, 6-2 to advance to his 13th career final in Basel.

Federer will seek a 95th career title which would put him alone in second place on the Open Era list. But del Potro comes into the final off an eighth straight win after dismissing Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-4.

“I played a good match, but always to beat Cilic you must play at a high level,” del Potro said. “I’m happy that I did well and reached another final here in Basel.”

The win also elevated the Argentine’s hopes for London next month.

Federer leads del Potro 17-6 in their series but the Swiss fell in the US Open quarterfinals.

“I’m ready for a difficult match and a fully fit del Potro,” said Federer. “He played a great match against me in Shanghai and went on to win Stockholm and won that. Now he’s here in the final again. I think he’s ok. He might be tired, but he doesn’t have issues that would keep him away from the court.”

Del Potro does hold a 3-1 edge in finals including 2 three-set Basel finals in 2012-13.

“For me it’s going to be a great challenge and also a great pleasure to play against Roger again in his hometown,” said del Potro who is 18-3 since the start of the US Open. “It will be a great atmosphere, and I will enjoy it a lot.”

In Vienna, a Frenchmen will take the title. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will take on Lucas Pouille. Tsonga has won his last eight after defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6(4), 7-5. Pouille beat Kyle Edmund in three sets 6-7(7), 6-4, 6-3.

“I’m playing well. I’m playing good tennis,” Tsonga said. “Truly happy with my level this week…tomorrow it’s the final and only the winner counts so I will give my best to be the winner.

“It’s going to be special, because he’s the new generation. I will not say I’m the old one, but I’m the older generation,” Tsonga joked. “It’s going to be a good match.”

Tsonga’s late season surge has put him in the London hunt.


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125 Comments for Federer v Del Potro In Basel Final; Tsonga v Pouille In Vienna

AndyMira Says:

M!….R u done with your Bracket??I bet u must be pick Roger for a winner right?Heh heh!….I knew it!!…But,urgh!..so hard to pick how far some of the player’s would go in Paris…Shwartzy,DelPo,Tsonga,Goffin,Mannarino,Sascha…The easy pick is….Roger!…Straight to the final!!Hahaha…


j-kath Says:

A-M: Not many in Roger’s way to the final. But expect Rafa to be highly motivated when he reaches the final as well.


AndyMira Says:

JK!….Yeah!I guess so!!…Lucky him!!…Oppss!!…The WORD LUCKY IS VERY SENSITIVE NOWADAYS!!…Hehehe…SORRYYY!!

Bout Rafa…Awwww!!…thanks so much for your confidence in him JK!…U put a trust in him these last 2,3 months…and YOU’RE RIGHT everytime!…And hope this time you’re going to be right as well…Tho i want to see his play first…Rafa will tend to revert back to his ‘unconfident’ & lack of belief when he’s got an injury or worried about his body..so,we will see how he handle the indoor HC in Paris…


Tennis Magic Says:

Only Delpo has what it takes to challange Federer nowadays. Even Djokovic and Nadal at their very best can be of no match to this 2017 injury free Roger. Federer will be stretched in this one as Delpo has serious power and can trouble Roger. But Federer should win in the end as he is a better and more complete player and the GOAT http://www.138mph.com/basel-special-roger-federer-versus-juan-martin-del-potro/


Margot Says:

AM: Not done ‘em yet. Gonna see how Rogie and JMDP get on.


gonzalowski Says:

current 37 years old Fed idoors is performing at the level of the best clay Rafa, massacring the rest.

Maybe for Nadal’s interests is better Fed to go to Paris, and so the swiss could be exhausted on Tour Finals. But anyway, it will be fair to have everyone in shape


chofer Says:

Delpo’s back problems are the same Roger dealt with in Toronto. That’s my inside report.
He has no chance aganst him, I said yesterday and I stand to that. Luckily Tsonga helped in Vienna:))

Anyway, there’s a respect in Roger for Delpo. He’s playing more tentatively than yesterday. Until he unleashes…


chofer Says:

You can see that in why Delpo’s serve has no sting..


gonzalowski Says:

what a point from Fed atractting Delpo on the net


Giles Says:

Kamaaan Potro, make him run, tire him out! Lol


gonzalowski Says:

I don’t see Delpo serving strange…
good 2 forehands from him to hold serve


Daniel Says:

Fed knows what DelPo can do and seems he is a bit uneasy against him. Other than other big 3, DelPo is one of the actives with most win against Federer.


chofer Says:

Delpo unable to make aces. If only he manages to be close to the score…


Giles Says:

Pouille bt Tsonga .


gonzalowski Says:

good holds Delpo, what a mental strength.
I think he has served well this game


Daniel Says:

Can’t see Fed tiring in WTF, the format is one day rest firs 3 matches. And he loves the day rest, (IW/Miami, Slams).


chofer Says:

See how Delpo serves at half seep. Sometimes, with angles. He’s smart. But I can’t see without his serve and FH combo can win. Roger will tuned in on his return at some point. He’s making Delpo move more than in Shangai. Good tactic.


FedExpress Says:

Federer decision making vs Delpo since the USO final 2009 has been disastrous.

Should have been 40-0 on delpos serve.

and at least a break up by now.


Daniel Says:

Fed had BP in several DelPo’s games, is a matter of time. Overall Fed is the better player this set.


chofer Says:

Daniel

True. That’s what I’m saying. To me, he’s playing tactically better than in Shangai.


gonzalowski Says:

aha chofer ok
right Daniel, but I still see Delpo could win the first set.
Fed unable to speed up his game as against Rafa the other day, maybe surface, too

oh what a passing froM Fed


gonzalowski Says:

Delpo has a hole on this passings, the 3rd this game


Daniel Says:

What a game for Fed to break, 3 or 4 amazing passing shots. Now go on and serve it out. Fed’s first serve today is awful. less than 40% first serves in.


chofer Says:

Done. Roger forcing the issue, breaks.
You have to admit, however, Delpo is a mighty competitor.

Pity there is no week in between Basel and Paris to masage that back harder, he.


gonzalowski Says:

hehe FedExpress usually gloomy about Fed performance


Daniel Says:

Damm Federer!


gonzalowski Says:

some shots from Federer oh my
the 2 battles on the net, Delpo won


FedExpress Says:

Wtf was that.


Daniel Says:

38% first serves in won’t cut it. Specially as DelPo seems to return Fed’s serve well these days.


chofer Says:

If Delpo have that elusive first serve… Sigh


FedExpress Says:

Federers brain seems offline when he plays Delpo nowadays.

Wouldnt wonder if he loses the set now.

So many chances wasted.


Daniel Says:

Fed is not serving well today, if he would be serving 50-55% this set would have been 6-3 long time ago. He is not winning much free points on serve. He was already able to break Delpo twice and had BP in other 2 games, but he is not holding as he should with his serve quality.


gonzalowski Says:

it’s true Fed is resting well, maybe because Delpo’s “weaker” serve


jatin Says:

lets go roger… lets go


chofer Says:

FedExpress

Give Delpo some props. He’s no Goffin, you know?

What irks me is that he has to fight a chance to get to the TMC and PBC or Goffin are already there, sort of. What a shame.

Pity on Delpo himself, who couldn’t get a coach until the USO.


Daniel Says:

He may still get the breaker but he will need to serve better.


chofer Says:

Without a first serve, a TB is out of reaach, no? Advantage Federer.


FedExpress Says:

Federers choking abilities on another level


gonzalowski Says:

Fed and his breakers… it’s starting


FedExpress Says:

His mental block vs Delpo is unreal. He ate him for breakfast till the USO 2009.


Daniel Says:

Deeply lucky defense lobby to steal the point, s$%^t


gonzalowski Says:

uau what a point 3-3


Daniel Says:

3-0 and loses 4 straight points, all played.


FedExpress Says:

hahahahhaah

this muggery is unreal. us open choke coming.


Daniel Says:

By Fed. Can’t serve, missing too much long.


FedExpress Says:

this guy won 2 GS this year? he plays plain stupid.


FedExpress Says:

bye bye federer.

Delpo only beats Feder in NY, Basel and London it seem.


gonzalowski Says:

what a easy unforced BH Delpo, and 5-4


Daniel Says:

This match killed Fed’s chance on #1 for good. Even if he wins today it would go beyond 2 hours, and an extra set played when he will need to return Wednesday to play Paris.

DelPo basically preventing Fed from #1, USO and today. Even if Fed lost to Nadal USO, that would be 360 pts more than can make a difference in the end.


jatin Says:

wow
delpo is like a silent killer. Fed played a brilliant 1st set but delpo played the big points better.
Fed has to improve his 1st serve percentage now.
He can still win this..


chofer Says:

Delpo makes Roger overhit. I’ve seen that before.

Poeple, I’m a ball of nerves now. Sign this is a godd match.


Daniel Says:

The problem today is his serve. When his serve is not clicking it puts pressure in all other parts of his game.


chofer Says:

Off for the second set.


FedExpress Says:

The choke in this set was just unrealm


chofer Says:

Daniel

Right. The same can be said about 99% of the players. He has to fix that.


jatin Says:

His game is in very high level, he was in all of delpo’s game in 1st set. He can do better in this set and he will
Go fed


chofer Says:

Jatin

I agree. I think Delpo’s serve will have a hiccup somewhere. I see three sets here.


Daniel Says:

All the other matches this week, he broke and hold easy with great serving. Today he open breaking and was down 0-40 immediately. That showed his serving was off.


FedExpress Says:

Unreal. he is 1-3 vs delpo in finals.

and lost all deciding sets in the finals vs him. He is mentaly just inferior to delpo


FedExpress Says:

hahahahah that dropper.


Daniel Says:

Finally a string of 3 unreturnable serves.


FedExpress Says:

Wtf is wrong with federer today. yesterday is was majestic. against adrian garbage.


chofer Says:

Daniel

Even is Roger serve is off, he was serving with variety. Not offering Delpo a target. I want to see the stats of placement. I dont think he served three times to the same spot!


FedExpress Says:

Insane. Federer is so stubborn. Drop shots vs Delpo bring nightmares. Will never forget the dropper at the USO 2009 when served for 2-0 lead.

That loss meant no CYGS


FedExpress Says:

hahahahahahahddnkqkakcndjsjakaka

should i cry or laugh


FedExpress Says:

open court. simple volley on BP and what does he do?

hahahahhahhah


jatin Says:

fed is panicing in big points :(


gonzalowski Says:

don’t know if Fed’ll contiune running for 3 sets.

strange to see him furious against the net! Delpo mental toughness annoys him at last


FedExpress Says:

ffs this choking is just unreal


Daniel Says:

It’s not his days. Either he roll over opponents or he loses long battles.


FedExpress Says:

this is just garbage stuff from federer. just garbage.


gonzalowski Says:

oh that ace on 2nd serve! and 2 DF after. He continues pìssed of.


Daniel Says:

Fed surviving this set, saved BP’s in 2 games already.


gonzalowski Says:

Fed holds
lol FedExpress!!! :))


FedExpress Says:

i dont understand the mental block vs delpo. Think the loss in the USO 2009 final has something to do with it.

normally he is very good vs big hitters and servers.

should have been 4-1 up but good that he isnt 2-3 down.


chofer Says:

I’m seeing on mute. Delpo angry is an unfocused Delpo. Shangai deja vu. Damn


gonzalowski Says:

Never saw Federer so annoyed


FedExpress Says:

gonzalo, when you are twice a break up, served for the set and also were 3-0 up in the TB plus fluffed a simple volley to get the break in the 2nd i would shoot myself


gonzalowski Says:

ok FE
but Fed continues battling, 2 champs at it


Daniel Says:

Nice shot by Fed in a dangerous point 30-30 4-4


gonzalowski Says:

I don’t know Fed’s back…
some gestures?? just a hint


chofer Says:

Moment of truth for Delpo with serve…


FedExpress Says:

Federers mental game in basel vs Delpo is just out of this world.

he would have played whole different vs Nadal


Daniel Says:

Double set point. This is it. Break and serve first third set.


gonzalowski Says:

what a dropshot, volley…..and hold at the last point!!!


chofer Says:

And the moment gone.., On to a third.


chofer Says:

I think the train has passed for Delpo. Pity. He should have broken on that third game but instead got angry.


Daniel Says:

Can’t believe hs done this!!!


Daniel Says:

Bizarre, same thing happen in first set, he broke, was 30-15 serving for set and got broken.

Just broke last game DelPo served (happens to close the set) , was up 30-15 and now this.


chofer Says:

Ok, I have to say: federer broke himself here.


gonzalowski Says:

my imagination or Fed has taken down the net before his last serve point???


Daniel Says:

Yeah, broke right back. Now go on and serve. He needs to feel confidant again.


Daniel Says:

Pressure on DelPo’s now. Last 2 times he served he was broken.


chofer Says:

Delpo’s body language has changed. I don’t know how much he has to go on. He has his heart, though.


Daniel Says:

0-40 this is it.


gonzalowski Says:

well, well ,well…


chofer Says:

Game over


Daniel Says:

30-0 to 30-30, hold Federer!


Daniel Says:

4-1, now go on and have another break, insurance. Today he needs it. Broke DelPo 3 straight times.


jatin Says:

CHAMPION STUFF


gonzalowski Says:

buf 4-1 Delpo’d need to keep on warrior mode, but must be exhausted


chofer Says:

I don’t think another player could get Roger in trouble on a fast indoor court other than Delpo right now. That said, without Djokovic in. I hope Delpo somehow manages to get to the TMC. Difficult.


gonzalowski Says:

Fed plays as a youngter moving all around


Daniel Says:

great hold after down 0-30. Now 1 game away from 7th title of the season and another DelPo revenge for those Basel finals in 12′/13′. And closing the gap on #1.

He will need a walkover match in Paris in early rounds (that would be lucky;-)


jatin Says:

Fed ROCK SOLID
WHAT A MATCH

GO…. Just 1 game to go


Daniel Says:

1 game from title 95th for lone second place record behind only Connors. 8th Basel


Giles Says:

He took a double dose of the magic potion today! Lol


jatin Says:

LEGEND
What a match, what a PLAY


Daniel Says:

Yeah, that was tense and tuff. Glad to see Fed battling it out.

Hope he has anything left in the tank for Paris.

Go there and see how he feels and first rounds. Better than withdraw right from the go. At least give himself a shot. He won’t know how Nadal will perform.

1 week rest later and WTF round robin has a day rest in between.


gonzalowski Says:

uau congrats to Federer and fans

great match!! Delpo very well too, very brave. And the Master still reigning


chofer Says:

Congrats Federer fans!

On to Paris, now.


Margot Says:

Fabulous, intriguing, topsy turvy match. Fed’s FS% was terrible for 2 sets but his forehand was absolutely sublime at times. And if JMDP wasn’t 10 feet tall, I’d call him a little terrier, just hung on and hung on and wouldn’t let go of Fed’s ankles!

Also saw Pouille beat JWT and was mighty pleased Love Lucas, fab all court game. And JWT behaved like a sulky teen and well deserved to lose.


Giles Says:

Wicked home crowd in Basel cheering opponent’s errors! Sheesh!


FedExpress Says:

I am thrilled to say the least hence i couldnt write at the end of the 2nd and till the end.

habe no nails left.

he showed heart. What a man. What a legend. Once in a generation player.


Daniel Says:

Tsonga almost all on the hunt to qualify, he would have to make finals at least and even so depending on others results.

DelPo needs at least semis in Paris to have a chance of qualifying.

Fed made half the way to possible #1, winning Shangi and Basel back to back. Now he needs at least semis in Paris (and that hoping Nadal loses early) for the #1 to be decided in London.

Last year Murray did exactly what Fed is trying to do: won Shangai, Viena, Paris and WTF undefeated. Only difference is Basel instead of Viena.

And the Year End #1 was decided in last match finals between Murray and Djoko.

Let’s see what happen in Paris. If Nadal goes a round better than Federer he secures YE#1 in Paris. So, Nadal just needs Fed to either not play or lose before him there.

Hope Fed plays and we can see how both handle this extra pression/motivation.


Daniel Says:

Amazing year, he played 11 tourneys, won 7 and only lost 1 final (Canada) due to injury. 2 Slams, 3 Masters and 2 ATP 500.


chofer Says:

Daniel

Thanks for the recap. “DelPo needs at least semis in Paris to have a chance of qualifying”

That’s horrible. I think he needs to pass over Monfils (where has he been, lately?) Zverev and Dimitrov. Talk about a hard task! I won’t complain about the draw :))


J-Kath Says:

A-M: Yep, Paris indoors – but, Rafa will go in with great determination and passion especially with Roger’s win over DelPotro and the subsequent points gained. Still, as they say in Scotland: “Dinna fash yersel, lassie”.


t4t Says:

The Establishment wins again! As expected! Poor Delpo had to wend his way through a minefield, Fed had an easy draw (as usual)! On to another cupcake draw at Paris. Nadal and Delpo to struggle. Fed to waltz to the final. Hope some lamb in Fed’s path turns tiger! But alas I despair looking at the sorry bunch in his quarter.


j-kath Says:

A-M: Rafa will be full of determination and passion – he’ll forget he’s indoors.


skeezer Says:

The conspiracy theorists lose again. LOL keep proving them wrong Fed. What a final, two quality players playing for the title. Most excellant Mastro @ ole man age!! Can he get YE #1 at 36? It’s on!


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