• Federer back in Basel, bidding for three straight titles

    10/21/12 9:50 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Federer back in Basel, bidding for three straight titles Five-time champion and hometown hero Roger Federer is back for another go-around in Basel. Federer headlines a top section of the draw that also includes Stanislas Wawrinka, Andreas Seppi, and Viktor Troicki.

    Now that this event no longer has a title sponsor, it might as well be called the Roger Federer Invitational.

    Federer has won the Swiss Indoors Basel (formerly known as the Davidoff Swiss Indoors) five times, including twice in succession. This time he doesn't even have to deal with Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray, so the No. 1 seed is a huge favorite.

    On board for the 2012 installment, however, is Vienna champion Juan Martin Del Potro. Far and away the class of the field, Federer and Del Potro both have favorable draws. The second-seeded Argentine, though, could have to face Radek Stepanek in the second round.

    Federer should be able to sleepwalk his way into the title match. The world No. 1 opens with qualifier Benjamin Becker and his nearest seed is Andreas Seppi, who has to be tired immediately following a title in Moscow.

    Friendly foe Stanislas Wawrinka is on a collision course for yet another meeting with Federer in the semifinals. Wawrinka is a big favorite in his section, but he begins against Nikolay Davydenko and you never know what you are going to get from Davydenko on any given day. Unseeded threats in the second quarter of the bracket include Julien Benneteau and Grigor Dimitrov.

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Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

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