Roger Federer crushed Alex De Minaur 6-2, 6-2 Sunday for his 10th career title at his home event in Basel. That ties him with his Halle haul for most at any single event for the Swiss who first played the tournament 21 years ago in 1998 when, as a wildcard, he lost to Andre Agassi.
“It was fast but very nice. I think I played a great match. It was a tough opener, in the beginning, the first five games, we had some great rallies. I never looked back,” Federer said. “I was great on the offence, made very few unforced errors and came up with the big shots and served well when I had to.
“I thought Alex played a great tournament as well, and I think we both can be very happy. But what a moment for me to win my 10th here in my hometown of Basel.”
De Minaur, who was seeking his 4th title of the year, had no answer in his first meeting with the tennis great.
“He just puts you under pressure,” De Minaur said. “Any ball that isn’t a meter from the baseline for him is a short ball. That’s something I learned the hard way today. But I can’t wait until I’m able to step out and play him again.”
Federer now has 103 career titles and four on the season as he now heads to Paris and then to the London ATP finals.
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