Roger Federer wins 99th title, beats Copil in Swiss Indoors final

ATP Basel Roger Federer battles past Gilles Simon to stay on title course

ATP Basel Roger Federer battles past Gilles Simon to stay on title course

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

It finished 7-6, 6-4 to the 37-year-old Swiss who was once a ball boy at the Swiss Indoors at the St Jakobshalle.

"I'm starting to really get to understand the conditions and it was consistent, my most consistent match by far".

The eight-time champion and hometown hero needed 2 hours and 36 minutes to complete the victory 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-4, as the first set took more than an hour alone.

Federer, an eight-time victor of his hometown event, was far from his best but managed to come back from a break down to win the first set in a tiebreaker on Friday. Copil has two after also beating No. 6 Marin Cilic in the second round.

"It's been a magical week for me, a dream run for me", Federer said before attending his traditional post-final pizza party with the ballkids.

"I was feeling good on court apart from closing it out, I had a few errors there".

Simon responded, however, breaking Federer three times in the second set to force a third.

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

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

Federer will be battling with the likes of in-form Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in London in his bid to win a seventh ATP Finals title.

"It's very hard for me to explain how it feels like", Federer added.

Medvedev's repeated errors made it easy for his esteemed opponent to wrap up the opening set and there was another break at the start of the second to set the tone.

Nishikori broke in Thiem's first two service games in each set, storming out to a 5-0 lead in the first and a 4-0 advantage in the second.

Copil again showed his steel with an early break in the second set before Federer made another fightback with an overhead victor to break back in the seventh game.

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