Roger Federer is a ten-time champion in Basel after defeating Alex De Minaur 6-2 6-2 in Sunday's final.
The Swiss produced a top drawer performance to dominate proceedings, breaking his opponent four times and firing twenty-four winners to land the title in 1 hour and 8 minutes.
The win is Federer's 103rd career title and he's the first man to win ten titles at a single hard court event having achieved the same feat earlier this season on the grass courts of Halle.
Quick Match Recap
De Minaur won the toss and elected to receive. Federer quickly moved up 40-0, but a flurry of errors got De Minaur to deuce, and the Swiss needed to pull off a slick stretch volley to avoid facing a breakpoint before finally holding for 1-0.
The next game followed a similar pattern with De Minaur progressing to 40-0 before letting Federer back into the game, but he held to thirty to level at 1-1.
A comfortable hold to love for Federer put him up 2-1, and in game four he fashioned 0-40, aided by a De Minaur double-fault at 0-15.
The Aussie saved two of them, the second after a 39 shot rally that Federer tried to end with a backhand down the line that wasn't on. However, the Swiss wasn't perturbed, going down the line again before putting away an overhead to break for 3-1.
A hold to thirty consolidated the break for 4-1. But the Swiss was soon back serving after De Minaur came up with some solid hitting to hold for 2-4.
A rip-roaring forehand gave De Minaur 0-15 in game seven and with Federer not serving too well the Aussie had a half-chance at thirty all. Right on cue Roger produced a quality first serve that got him the volley put away, and he held for 5-2.
The Swiss then took advantage of some loose De Minaur groundstrokes to create two set points at 15-40. A smart body serve saved the first, but a missed mid-court forehand gave Federer the set 6-2.
Into set two and an impressive angled stop volley got Federer quickly on the board.
De Minaur needed to find a way to win cheap points on serve, but he was soon down 0-40 after making his 14th unforced error of the match. De Minaur saved the first to, but a delightful pass secured the early break.
A hold to fifteen consolidated the break, the game featuring a superb forehand reminiscent of one he hit against Nalbandian back in 2011.
De Minaur then fired down a love hold of his own to regain composure but some trademark Federer forehands saw him hold for 4-1.
The Swiss then came up with another stylish floated backhand pass to put a double break in sight at 30-40, but De Minaur held for 2-4.
That gave the Aussie some impetus, and he hit through the ball to create 0-30 on Federer's serve. A superb pass up the line averted facing a breakpoint to make thirty all and the defending champions serve got him out of trouble to hold for 5-2.
Another backhand winner down the line put the Swiss up 0-15 in game eight, and he soon had Championship point which he converted at the first time of asking to take down his 10th Basel title.
|Swiss Indoors Final 2019||Roger Federer||Alex De Minaur|
|1st Serve||64% (32/50)||65% (30/46)|
|1st Serve Points Won||78% (25/32)||53% (16/30)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||61% (11/18)||50% (8/16)|
|Break Points Saved||0% (0/0)||60% (6/10)|
|Service Games Played||8||8|
|1st Serve Return Points Won||47% (14/30)||22% (7/32)|
|2nd Serve Return Points Won||50% (8/16)||39% (7/18)|
|Break Points Converted||40% (4/10)||0% (0/0)|
|Return Games Played||8||8|
|Net Points Won||71% (12/17)||40% (6/15)|
|Service Points Won||72% (36/50)||52% (24/46)|
|Return Points Won||48% (22/46)||28% (14/50)|
|Total Points Won||60% (58/96)||40% (38/96)|
Thoughts on the Match
It was fast but very nice. I think I played a great match. It was a tough opener, in the beginning, the first five games, we had some great rallies. I never looked back. I was great on the offence, made very few unforced errors and came up with the big shots and served well when I had to. I thought Alex played a great tournament as well, and I think we both can be very happy. But what a moment for me to win my 10th here in my hometown of Basel. The first game was very important, I had forty-love, he got back into the game and if I got broken it would be a tough one, I think it was also important to hold quickly in the next game and show look I can hold my serve easier and from then I kept on rolling.Federer on his final win over Alex De Minaur
A superb performance from Federer here and he kept the level he'd set all week with more fast-paced, aggressive ball striking to play on the front foot throughout.
This match also saw him bring out the variety in his game, mixing up the pace throughout and using the slice. The floated backhand slice down the line pass particularly effective with De Minaur missing two easy-ish forehand volleys. Was it a pre-planned play? He certainly came out with the right tactics which were invaluable as he didn't have his best serving day.
Roger's opponent had won three titles so far this season and while he wasn't intimidated by Federer, often going toe to toe, he lacked the firepower in his game to unsettle the Swiss from the baseline.
As a result, Federer was able to dominate, firing 24 winners and restricting De Minaur to just 53% and 50% of points won behind his first and second serves, giving him zero free points on serve and applying constant pressure.
The now 10-time champions backhand was also on song, producing five clean winners, many of them passing shots when De Minaur had come forward. The forehand was also sublime, working the angles peRFectly and getting the points all on his terms. Not too shabby at the net either and that angled stop volley in the first game of set two was majestic.
So a fantastic week and the end result is another title and more milestones reached. I thought Fed moved fantastic, looked sharp moving to his right and played such a smart final. Clear gameplan, peRFect execution and great to watch.
Will he play Paris? Looks likely.
What did you guys think of the finale? Let me know in the comments.