10/28/12 4:58 PM | Ricky Dimon
Juan Martin Del Potro wins the Basel title by defeating Roger Federer in three sets on Sunday. It is the fourth title of the year for Del Potro, while Federer falls to 5-4 lifetime in Basel finals.
The highly-anticipated Swiss Indoors Basel final did not disappoint, although the Swiss fans did not quite get the result they wanted. Juan Martin Del Potro edged Roger Federer 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-6(3) in two hours and 44 minutes of high-quality tennis on Sunday afternoon.
Del Potro could do absolutely no wrong in the first set. The seventh-ranked Argentine lost a mere five points in five service games, so one break of his own at 2-2 was easily enough. Some outstanding play at 5-4 brought up set point, which Del Potro converted on a wide Federer backhand.
To the delight of the home crowd, Federer fought back in set two. The top-seeded Swiss was on the brink of defeat down break point at 5-5, but he came up with a winning inside-out forehand. A tiebreaker eventually had decide it and the lone difference was one mini-break at 1-1. Federer earned it by forcing Del Potro into a backhand error and then clinched it on serve at 6-5.
The world No. 1 had multiple chances early in the decider. He saw three break points at 1-1 and one more at 3-3 but Del Potro saved all four. Federer, meanwhile, dropped only five points in six service games en route to the final tiebreaker.
After an over-rule by Hawkeye, Del Potro managed to secure an initial mini-break at 3-2. Bothe players took care of their serves from there until the underdog had match point at 6-3. Federer appeared to strike a forehand winner, but Hawkeye showed it to be out and the over-rule gave Del Potro the victory.
Basel's No. 2 seed finished with 10 aces and four double-faults while holding all 17 of his service games. He secured his fourth title of the year (second in succession following Vienna) and the 13th of his career.
"It was an unbelievable final," Del Potro assured. "The match was really close. I was fighting all the time. I got lucky in the end, but I felt that I played a really good match.I want to enjoy this title, then get ready to play in Paris and London."
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