After Halles in Germany Roger Federer went up to double figures in the home tournament as he defeated Alex de Minaur in the Basel Final 28. Although the 38-year-old Swiss veteran managed to secure his 10th career title this season in both Halle and Basel, collecting the 103rd career trophy in the ATP tournament, just 6th behind legendary American tennis player Jimmy Connors. In St. In front of 9,000 spectators Roger Jakobshalle played an excellent match, beating the 20-year-old from Sydney in two sets and at just 68 ? in total.
The 24th consecutive victory in his hometown for the helvetic tennis player, securing the fifth title in his last five appearances in Basel, because in 2016 the reigning champion was missing due to injury, while in the quarterfinals of this year’s edition of the meeting with Wawrinka did not develop, as Stan did not go down the field at all due to physical problems. Basel has thus become one of the most successful career tournaments for the 38-year-old Swiss, however besides 10 triumphs in his hometown tournament, Halles Roger also boasts 8 tournaments won at Wimbledon and Dubai and 7 at Cincinnati. . In terms of dating, this was the 157th career final for the fellow tennis player, while for the Australian tennis player it was just the sixth final as a professional. Two years ago Alex De Minaur was one of the top 200 in the world, while at Basel the only New South Wales athlete became the second Australian tennis player to make it to the final, after Mark Philippoussis in the distant 1997 can 3-0 by British Greg Rusedski.
Roger started the first duel well between them, leading 40-0 quickly, however Alex De Minaur responded well to equalize and Federer needed a full 12 points to secure the game opener. In the first five games very good points were recorded and the Australian tennis player clearly insisted on the reigning champion backhand, however the veteran switched strategy and relied on slice play, immediately putting his opponent in difficulty. So after a 1-1 draw Roger took three consecutive games to close the opening set 6-2 in just 34 games. In the next set Alex De Minaur tried to react by holding the ball nearly – almost impossible, however Federer broke it two more times in the service to finish the match with a deep 6-2, 6-2 score. After Dubai, Miami and Halle, Basel became the No. 4-ranked tournament in the world this season, a result that equaled Federer with players such as Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev and temporarily even with Austrian Dominic Thiem, temporarily, because for the sake of truth only a short time later the 26-year-old from Wiener Neustadt returned to the Vienna final the disadvantage of a set against Argentine tennis player Diego Schwartzman, the final that lasted approximately two and a half hours, thanks with the world’s number 5 now leading the lineup with 5 trophies won in 2019.
Helvet’s third title of the season 500, and the 24th in his career, four more than his closest follower, Rafael Nadal. So Roger Federer succeeded in successfully defending last year’s homeland, marking his name in this year’s jubilee trophy as this year’s 50th edition in Basel. Roger won a staggering € 430,000, while Alex De Minaur earned half the amount and with the final 300 points the young Australian will be among the top 20 players in the world for the first time.