‘We got very good advice from Roger Federer,’ says coach

In 2018, the no. World No. 3 and top seed Roger Federer won his ninth title in his hometown of Basel after a hard-fought 7-6, 6-4 win over Marius Copil in one hour and 34 minutes. Competing in his 14th final in Basel, Roger notched his 71st win against home fans and lifted his 99th ATP title.

In addition, Federer secured his 21st ATP 500 title, leaving Rafael Nadal at 20. Roger defeated five rivals despite not playing at his best, achieving his 200th ATP semi-final and celebrating his 25th ATP indoor crown.

Like never before in Basel, Roger suffered 11 breaks in the first four matches against Filip Krajinovic, Jan-Lennard Struff, Gilles Simon and Daniil Medvedev. In the final, Copil stole serve from him twice and held the lead in both sets before collapsing under the pressure and blowing the chance for a much better result.

Roger was magnificent on his first serve, winning 32 of 34 points and fending off three of five break point opportunities. On the other hand, he created as many chances and converted three to claim the straight-set victory and make the crowd roar with delight.

The Swiss had 22 winners and 14 unforced errors, while Copil went 25-31. The Romanian played brave and aggressive tennis and gave his best against the powerful opponent without taking at least a set. The Romanian drew first blood in game three when Roger double faulted.

Marius fired a backhand winner on the next to confirm the break and forge a 3-1 lead. Federer broke again in game six after a poor dropshot from Copil, and both served well afterwards to reach a tie break.

Federer made history

In a recent interview with the ATP, World No.

116 Dominic Stricker spoke about his experiences while training with tennis legend and compatriot Roger Federer. “Of course, if you live in Switzerland, my big idol had to be Roger Federer,” Stricker said. “Roger Federer is Swiss and he has a pretty similar game that I would like to play.”

Stricker’s trainer, Sven Swinnen, who was Federer’s practice partner as a teenager at the Swiss National Federation. “It’s lucky,” Stricker’s trainer Sven Swinnen said. “Roger invited Dominic to Dubai twice for some practice, some pre-season stuff, so that was really helpful. Roger knows us quite well now and we got some really good advice.” of the”.

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