• Federer into Basel final vs. Del Potro

    10/27/12 5:56 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Federer into Basel final vs. Del Potro Roger Federer takes care of Paul-Henri Mathieu in straight sets on Saturday in Basel. Federer will go up against Juan Martin Del Potro for the title.

    Roger Federer booked a spot in his ninth career Swiss Indoors Basel final by defeating Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-5, 6-4 on Saturday afternoon. Federer struck 10 aces without double-faulting or facing a break point to advance in one hour and 26 minutes.

    Mathieu did well to reach his second ATP semifinal in 2012 and he put up a respectable showing against this week's top seed. The 101st-ranked Frenchman held his first five service games and had a game point at 5-5, but Federer eventually broke when Mathieu sent a forehand just long. Federer wrapped up the first set on serve one game later.

    The world No. 1 missed a break point early in set two, but he converted a chance at 2-2 to take complete control of the match. Although Mathieu held serve the rest of the way, he never came close to getting back on level terms. Federer finished off the proceedings with a routine hold at 5-4, capitalizing on his first match point by forcing his opponent into a backhand error.

    Mathieu recorded four aces and four double-faults while serving at a disappointing 46 percent. Federer put in 58 percent of his first deliveries and won 80 percent of those points.

    The crowd favorite is 5-3 lifetime in Basel finals and this will be his seventh consecutive appearance in the title match. Federer will bid for a third consecutive triumph when he goes up against Juan Martin Del Potro.

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sky , 10/27/12 7:08 PM

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