It was a happy homecoming for Tennis great Roger Federer yesterday as he secured his eighth Basel title against Juan Martin Del-Potro.
The Basel-born superstar defeated the Argentine in four sets to win the Swiss indoors, his 7th title of the year.
Following his performances over the past few months, with Sunday’s championship win included it appeared that Federer would be a good bet as to who would finish the year as world number one.
But the possibility was dashed by the 36-year-old, after withdrawing himself from the Paris Masters next week.
Along with being his 7th title of the year, the success in Switzerland was his 95th career title, surpassing Ivan Lendl on the all-time list, with only American great Jimmy Connor’s having more with 109.
Being closer to 40-years-old than 30 may make it seem unlikely that Federer will break the historic record, but with the shape the Swiss-superstar is in and the form he is on, it is clear that the 19-time Grand Slam champion is nowhere near finished.
For Del-Potro it was a case of qualifying for the ATP finals in London. The world number 19 was victorious in Stockholm last week, but finishing runner up in Basel could only leave him one place behind Spaniard Pablo Correno Busta.
The 29-year-old must now at least reach the semi finals in Paris next week to claim the final spot for London.