Boom! The GOAT delivered on his promise of winning 5 titles this year with a comprehensive victory in Basel defeating David Goffin 6-2 6-2 in just 51 minutes.
In recording his 6th Basel crown the Swiss has now won 82 career titles and won 6 titles 6 times or more – Wimbledon, Halle, Cincinnati, Dubai, World Tour Finals and now the Swiss Indoors. The CV is never ending and still growing by the day 🙂
The final itself was a one sided affair but Roger stepped on court in fine fettle and really unsettled Goffin from the word go. It really was Man vs. Boy on court to be honest and Goffin had no answers to any questions posed. Not only did he look tired from his 3 set victory vs. Coric yesterday he just couldn't handle the type of ball Federer gave him and was never in a position to attack. Just a real top quality performance from the GOAT and the sort of final he will have relished after playing lots of tennis in the past 2 / 3 weeks.
Quick Match Recap
Roger won the toss and elected to receive. A complete psych job to pressure his inexperienced opponent who would have most likely opted to receive himself had he won the toss and definitely thought Roger would serve first had the Swiss won the coin toss.
The move paid off as Goffin was broken immediately, serving a double fault on the first point and only making 1 first serve in the entire game. Roger backed it up with a swift hold to 15 to lead 2-0.
Goffin managed to get a game on the board in his next service game but couldn't make any inroads on the Basel natives serve as Roger held to love to lead 3-1.
At 4-2 Roger created two more break points and Goffin was only serving at 38%. Interestingly he'd won 100% of those points where he made a first serve but he just couldn't make enough of them. That was swiftly converted and Roger served out the set to love, losing only lost 1 point on serve in the entire set. Imperious.
Goffin started the second set exactly like the first with a double fault but this time he dug deep to hold and lead 1-0.
Again Roger was untouchable on serve holding to love and to 15 as he levelled at 2-2. The Swiss then hit a brilliant forehand in the fifth game to give himself a break point and although Goffin made deuce he dropped serve to fall 2-3 behind.
Fed then consolidated to lead 4-2 and this is where the match ended. Goffin got to 30-30 after a brilliant passing shot but missed a routine forehand which would have given him a slim chance of breaking back. Game over for him and Roger then broke again to lead 5-2 before serving it out to 15 much to the excitement of the St. Jakobshalle crowd.
|R. Federer||D. Goffin|
|1st Serve %||59%||49%|
|1st Serve Points Won||18/22 (82%)||18/23 (78%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||14/15 (93%)||6/24 (25%)|
|Break Points Saved||0/0 (0%)||2/6 (33%)|
|Service Games Played||8||8|
|1st Return Points Won||5/23 (22%)||4/22 (18%)|
|2nd Return Points Won||18/24 (75%)||1/15 (7%)|
|Break Points Won||4/6 (67%)||0/0 (0%)|
|Return Games Played||8||8|
|Net Points Won||11/13||3/4|
|Total Service Points Won||32/37 (86%)||24/47 (51%)|
|Total Return Points Won||23/47 (49%)||5/37 (14%)|
|Total Points Won||55/84 (65%)||29/84 (35%)|
Thoughts on the Match
Another peRFect week for the Swiss and another well deserved title. Roger played the best tennis of the tournament and rightfully gets his hands on the trophy for a record 6th time.
|Gerry Weber Open (Halle)||7|
|Barclays ATP World Tour Finals||6|
|Western & Southern Open (Cincinnati)||6|
|Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships||6|
|Swiss Indoors Basel||6|
The final wasn't a challenge like I expected but Roger just pulverised Goffin who looked flat and out of ideas. He's said many times he idolised Roger and it looked very much like he was in awe today. Once he got off to a poor start dropping serve the writing was on the wall and Roger took no pity, hitting big forehands to push Goffin way back behind the baseline and move into the forecourt to end points with a string of clean winners.
Goffin's lack of competitiveness doesn't take anything away from the GOAT though as he played some great tennis in the week, defeating an inspired Karlovic, silencing Dimitrov and hanging touch vs Istomin when things weren't all that easy. Another great tournament for him with the right result. The win also means he's now P10 W5 L5 in finals this year which is an immense record for a guy who last year, if you believed many of the tennis writers who need headlines, couldn't play tennis anymore.
The other good thing about the week in Basel is that it wasn't a physically or mentally draining tournament, there were some tough moments vs Dimitrov and Karlovic but overall Fed has been able to win his matches without having to expend a ton of energy. I'm confident he'll be fresh for Paris now he has 3 days off and his favourable draw could see him make the latter stages of the tournament.
Roger 1. Brennwald 0. See you in Bercy 😀