Federer Tops Tsitsipas, Seeks 10th Basel Title v De Minaur

by Staff | October 26th, 2019, 4:31 pm

Roger Federer will seek his 10th Basel title Sunday against Alex De Minaur.

The 38-year-old Swiss eased past the dangerous and in-form Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 to reach his 15th final at his home event.

Federer broke the Greek early in both sets and all but cruised to his 23rd straight win on the event’s center court.

“It was nice to come out strong. It was a really intense 35 or 40 minutes to start. I had a good middle section which gave me the first set and the lead in the second set, and never looked back,” Federer said. “It’s hard to believe that I’m in another Basel final. It’s super exciting.”

De Minaur had a much, much tougher afternoon against the towering American Reilly Opelka, going the distance with a 7-6(2), 6-7(4), 7-6(3) decision.

The Australian, who improves to 4-0 against Opelka, never made an unforced error in the last two sets, and stayed steady when it mattered the most.

“I knew coming in this was the match to expect. In the second set I did everything right, he just came up with two very big points, very big backhand passes on crucial points,” De Minaur said. “I knew I just had to say, ’Too good’, and get ready for another third set and hopefully take care of my serve and come the tie-break, guess right a couple times and make a couple of returns.”

Federer and De Minaur have never played.

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8 Comments for Federer Tops Tsitsipas, Seeks 10th Basel Title v De Minaur

skeezer Says:

Fed takes the first set, C’mon Maestro!

jatin Says:

What a comeback again by Fed. The way he beat tsitsipas yesterday was a SIGHT to behold. He was ruthless in this tournament this year. Amazing display of tennis.
Hope he continues this form in Paris and WTF.
This guy never cease to AMAZE me.

jatin Says:

Up a break again.

jatin Says:

WAS THAT THE SHOT OF THE Tournament already..

jatin Says:

INSANE level of play Fed whole tournament.
Congrts Fed for another Basel title. LEGEND

skeezer Says:

Congrats on TENTH Basel title. Fed indoors is like Rafa on RG. Dominating most.
Amazing he is beating two next next gen players in a row still, 17/18 years older!!

Daniel Says:

Congrats Federer, 10th Basel and 103rd title, 4th this season. He was on excellent form this whole week, hope he can replicate in either Paris or London for a strong finish this year. Seems the 109 titles from Conors is a possibility. 6 more to go.

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