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Del Potro To Face Federer In Repeat Of 2012 Basel Final

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del Potro© AFP/Getty ImagesJuan Martin del Potro will attempt to retain the Basel title on Sunday.

Juan Martin del Potro will attempt to retain the Swiss Indoors Basel title on Sunday against five-time former champion Roger Federer.

Federer leads 13-4 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, but del Potro has won their past two meetings – including in the 2012 Basel final.

Federer is currently in seventh position in the Emirates ATP Race To London and can join del Potro at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, where the Swiss is a six-time titlist, should he win the Basel title.

“Tomorrow in the final, I have to play well for sure,” said del Potro. “It's going to be [an] interesting final for me.

“Against Federer, it doesn't matter what he says. He's Roger Federer. He's playing in his hometown and on this surface. He's very good on this surface. He has experience. He's won here five times. He's looking forward to winning again and to qualify in London with a win here. If I play much better than I did today and serve well, I know the way to make things complicated for him. In the final, anything can happen."

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Top seed del Potro advanced to his sixth ATP World Tour final of the year with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 victory over Edouard Roger-Vasselin in two hours and six minutes on Saturday afternoon.

Del Potro served at 4-3 in the second set, but lost three straight games for Roger-Vasselin to take the pair’s third clash to a decider. Del Potro, who recorded his 300th match win on Friday, bounced back by winning the first four games of the third set.

The 25-year-old del Potro has already won titles at three ATP World Tour 500 tournaments, including at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam (d. Benneteau), the Citi Open in Washington (d. Isner) and the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo (d. Raonic).

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In the second semi-final, Federer defeated Vasek Pospisil – who was appearing in his third ATP World Tour semi-final (now 0-3 overall) – 6-3, 6-7(3), 7-5 for a place in a record 10th Basel final (5-4 record).

Federer served for his 40th victory of 2013 at 5-3 in the second set, before falling to a 0-3 deficit in the tie-break. Though he got back to 3-4, Pospisil won the next three points.

Pospisil broke serve for a 3-1 lead in the decider, but Federer immediately broke back to love. Federer could not convert three break point opportunities at 5-5, 15/40 and Advantage on Pospisil’s serve. But he sealed his fourth chance before serving out the win in two hours and 41 minutes.

Federer is attempting to qualify for the season-ending championship for the 12th straight year. The event will be held at The O2 in London from 4-11 November.

Austrians Meet Inglot, Huey in Final

Third seeds Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski were dealt another blow in their quest to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals as they lost to Austrians Julian Knowle and Oliver Marach 6-4, 7-6(4) in the semi-finals of the Swiss Indoors Basel. The victorious Poles advance to face Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot for the championship match. The Filipino-British duo edged out Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut 7-6(3), 7-6(2).

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