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‘We got very good tips from Roger Federer’, says coach

In 2018, No. World number 3 and top seed Roger Federer won his ninth title in his hometown of Basel after a hard-fought 7-6, 6-4 victory over Marius Copil in one hour and 34 minutes. Competing in his 14th final in Basel, Roger achieved his 71st victory against home fans and claimed his 99th ATP title.

Additionally, Federer secured his 21st ATP 500 title, leaving Rafael Nadal at 20. Roger defeated five rivals despite not playing at his best, reaching his 200th ATP semi-final and celebrating his 25th ATP indoor crown.

As never before in Basel, Roger suffered 11 breaks in his first four matches against Filip Krajinovic, Jan-Lennard Struff, Gilles Simon and Daniil Medvedev. In the final, Copil stole his serve twice and held the lead in both sets before falling under the pressure and squandering the chance for a much better result.

Roger was magnificent on his first serve, winning 32 of 34 points and defending three out of five chances to break. On the other hand, he created so many chances and converted three to claim victory in straight sets and make the crowd roar with joy.

The Swiss had 22 wins and 14 unforced errors, while Copil went 25-31. The Romanian played brave and aggressive tennis and did his best against the powerful rival without taking at least a set. The Romanian drew first blood in the third game, when Roger committed a double foul.

Marius fired a winning backhand in the next to confirm the break and forge a 3-1 lead. Federer broke again in the sixth game after a bad shot by Copil, and both served well afterwards to reach the tie break.

Federer made history

In a recent interview with ATP, World No.

116 Dominic Stricker spoke about his experiences while training with tennis legend and Swiss countryman Roger Federer. “Of course, if you live in Switzerland, my big idol had to be Roger Federer,” said Stricker. “Roger Federer is Swiss and has a game very similar to what I would like to play.”

Stricker’s coach, Sven Swinnen, who was Federer’s teen training partner at the Swiss National Federation. “It’s lucky,” said Stricker’s trainer, Sven Swinnen of him.”

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