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Swiss Indoors, Basel Draw 2019

Can Federer Make It Title Number 10 at the St Jakobshalle?

The Swiss Indoors 2019 draw has just taken place at the Town Hall in Basel and Roger Federer will face Peter Gojowczyk in round one as he bids to win a 10th title at his hometown tournament.

With 500 points on offer for players hoping to secure the last two remaining spots at the ATP finals and €430,125 in prize money for the winner, the field is strong with the likes of Zverev, Bautista Agut, Fognini and Goffin, all of whom still have a chance of making the season-ending championships.

The Swiss will start his tournament on Super Monday as the main event of the evening session and you can see Federer's full projected draw below along with the full draw in PDF format.

Roger Federer's Projected Opponents

  • Round 1: Peter Gojowczyk
  • Round 2: Radu Albot / Dusan Lajovic
  • Quarter Final: Stan Wawrinka
  • Semi Final: Stefanos Tstisipas
  • Final: Sascha Zverev

Full printable .PDF draw

Thoughts on the Draw

Federer Swiss Indoors

First up for Federer is Peter Gojowczyk who defeated Casper Ruud 6-1 6-1 in the final round of qualifying. Federer leads the H2H 2-0, both wins coming in straight sets but they were fairly competitive. Gojowczyk is a hard hitter off both wings so is capable of reeling off points quickly which means he's dangerous on a slicker indoor court where sets can be over in the blink of an eye.

However, I'd expect Fed to play up the court, taking time away on the German's forehand which is quite a big swing. Once he gets ahead in the point he'll force Gojowcyck into too many low percentage plays and I expect a straight sets win.

Should Roger come through Round 1 unscathed, then it's either the Moldovan Number 1 Radu Albot or Dusan Lajovic in the last sixteen.

Lajovic made the Quarterfinals in Moscow this week whereas Albot lost in the first round in Stockholm so based on the form I'd pick Lajovic to come through. The two have never played and although Albot has more singles match wins this season I think the Serb can play a higher level of tennis, somewhat confirmed with his 4 top 10 wins compared to Albot's zero.

As for who Federer would rather face, there's not a whole lot to separate them. He met Albot for the first time this year in Miami and dropped a set whereas he's never dropped a set to Lajovic in their two meetings, both on grass. But I think Albot is easier to boss around so you'd probably pick him as the preferred opponent.

For the quarter-finals, Antwerp finalist Stan Wawrinka is the projected opponent. Stan has had a good week over in Belgium but he's never really performed well in Federer's stronghold. The fellow Swiss has an 11-13 losing record at the St Jakobshalle and he last made the semi-finals back in 2011. I quite like Dan Evan's chances to come through that quarter to make the last eight and he can mix it with the best of them if he serves well.

Into the semi-finals, Tsitsipas is the 3rd seed in this half and comes in after a solid post Laver Cup showing with a final in Beijing and a semi-final in Shanghai to his name. The Swiss hasn't faced the Greek since Dubai so it'd be an interesting encounter and you'd fancy the Stefansos to run him close given his level of late.

As for the finals, Sascha Zverev is the top seed in the other half and he heads into Basel with confidence having beaten Federer in Shanghai. The German is also looking to secure one of the two remaining spots at the ATP Finals. However, he doesn't have a cakewalk to the final with Goffin, Cilic and Bautista Agut in this half but the motivation to try and defend his London title should give him that little extra boost so I expect him to come through.

What do you guys think of the draw? Predictions for Federer? Will it be the Swiss Ind10rs and a 🍕 party? Let me know in the comments.

Jonathan

Huge fan of Roger Federer. I watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or tweeting about tennis I play regularly myself and use this blog to share my thoughts on Federer and tennis in general.

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32 Comments

  1. Not an easy draw but Roger plays comfortably in his hometown. He will be in the final and I think his 10th is coming to him.

    1. Nice to see you here, Dolores!
      Always so much pressure in Basel. The polite, well dressed Suisse crowd will be expecting #10.

      1. Thank You, Sue, for your kind words. Yes, am daily keeping track of Jonathan’s website, enjoy reading all various comments, including yours which are at times very spicy….and I like! Yes, “the polite, well dressed Suisse crowd will be expecting #10”, you hit the nail on the head, Sue.

  2. As you say, it depends a bit on which qualifier he gets, but it certainly looks doable provided he feels well & hasn’t exhausted/jetlagged himself with his extended stay in the Far East.

    Year-end Races are actually kind of interesting this year. You have to figure Sinner will be the Italian WC for Next Gen, but he’s getting close to making it on his own merit; & if he did, would they they bring in ANOTHER Italian WC?

    Interesting mix for London too, with some younger names in the mix…

  3. Theoretically (with a capital, huge ”T”) Fedsey should win this. Zverev had nothing left in the tank at the Shanghai final; Tsippy can be a bit harder, so if Roger gets past him, the final is his to lose. Fognini suffered a heavy defeat this week (physical issues, mental holiday?) and Goffin also looked tired in Antwerp with an early exit. Cilic can enter error mode at any random instant. Wawrinka is looking fine and may very well win tomorrow’s final against the Moaner, so he will less than 100% fresh should he get to the quarter finals… for him it’s like a 2 week major tournament but with more matches and less days off.

      1. Then that was it. No wonder the Sugita/Tipsarevic was that brutality especially in set 3. I came across the live match by chance, for the lack of any better thing to do. 2 of the games went to 20 minutes each, give or take, if memory serves me well. Tips was beyond exhaustion and Sugita was cramping to the point of having to walk like a baby who had soiled his nappy beyond its retention capacity. Both left all their blood and guts on court. What a way to end the ATP tour career. I’ll say.

  4. Yep, never easy draw there. But like most of Fedfans I’m getting ahead myself for a dream No.10 😆 Great news that he signed up for the Basel next year as well!

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