SWISS INDOORS BASEL 2011
Federer Wins All-Swiss SF Clash In Basel
by ATP Staff|
Federer dropped serve just once, and won 65 percent of his second serve return points to break Wawrinka three times, advancing in one hour and 28 minutes. The win marked Federer’s 10th victory in 11 meetings with his 26-year-old compatriot.
"It's not easy," said Federer on facing a countryman. "I definitely think the crowd was divided, maybe a bit more on my side because I come from this city and I've been in the final here already seven times. I think I played just a bit better than Stan today. He had a chance at the end of the first set and after he missed that his level dropped a bit, which I was able to take advantage of. From then on I think I played a really good match, so I'm very pleased."
The World No. 4 is seeking his fifth Basel title after lifting the trophy in 2006-2008 and 2010. Federer is also bidding to end a title drought dating back to the beginning of this season, when he triumphed over Nikolay Davydenko to win the Doha crown. He finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros and in Dubai to Novak Djokovic.
In the final, Federer will face Kei Nishikori, who stunned Djokovic earlier Saturday. "He's a guy I've never played against. My focus will be to remember how he plays," said Federer. "He beat Novak in the semis, so he'll have a shot in the final. He has great shots, a quick arm and is a fighter.
"He was injured a lot and wasn't able to rise in the rankings like he was capable of. But he made the semi-finals in Shanghai and now the final here, so he's taken advantage of his chances."