Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Federer beats Copil to win 99th career title in Basel

Federer beats Copil to win 99th career title in Basel

Roger Federer hoisted the 99th title of his glittering career in his home town of Basel on Sunday with a straight sets win over the Romanian journeyman Marius Copil.

The Swiss now owns nine trophies from his hometown event and has won his last 20 matches at the tournament.

The two final places will be decided at the Paris Masters, where Federer will attempt to become the first man to reach a century of ATP tournament victories. "It was dream run for me", Federer said in his on-court acceptance speech, before his fans' ovation brought tears welling in his eyes.

"I knew it was going to be hard".

The top-seeded Swiss rallied from trailing by a service break in each set against the 93rd-ranked Romanian, whose serve was measured at 243 kph (151 mph) in his opening service game.

Federer's 151st singles final on the ATP tour shaped as one of his biggest mismatches by ranking.

Federer struggled into the semifinals on Friday, the top seed eking out an error-filled 7-6 (7/1), 4-6, 6-4 defeat of Gilles Simon.

Federer is now just ten titles short of Jimmy Connors' Open Era record of 109 title, but insisted that he wasn't too concerned about beating it.

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The world number three will aim for his fourth title of 2018.

The Swiss crowd favourite was never able to comfortably take command against an opponent whom he had defeated in their last six meetings.

"But for me now it's about winning here, I don't care about anything else".

Just as Federer looked to be settling into form after almost 30 unforced errors in the opening set, more disruption ensued.

"I did it for two years and then I gave them all a medal and thanked them for their efforts and I felt like I was looking at myself in some ways you know when Wayne Ferreira and other great players gave me my first medal here in Basel".

Federer's semifinals opponent will be seventh-seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev, a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victor over Greek fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the day's final match.

It appeared for long periods like Federer would not be allowed to cruise to the title.

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