Some of the brightest stars in men's tennis will descend upon Basel, Switzerland this October for the Swiss Indoors, an ATP World Tour 500 tournament that has been dominated by Roger Federer in recent years.
The Swiss star and current world No. 1 has been nothing short of brilliant on the hard courts inside St. Jakobshalle. Federer boasts the record for most singles titles won (five) and most consecutive (three). Soon enough they will have to rename the tournament after the 17-time Grand Slam champion.
Be sure not to miss a minute of the action, as a tennis legend looks to add to his already impressive career resume this fall in Switzerland.
Here we get you set with everything you need to know for the upcoming week of indoor hard-court action from Europe.
Where: St. Jakobshalle, Basel, Switzerland
When: Monday, October 22 through Sunday, October 28
Coverage: Tennis Channel
Live Streaming: TennisTV.com
Will Anyone Challenge Fed?
Roger Federer has won the Swiss Indoors singles title five times in the last six years, and has made the final in Basel on eight occasions since 2000. You have to go back to 2009 to find the last time Federer was beaten at this tournament. He lost to Novak Djokovic in three hard-fought sets that year.
This time around Fed comes in as the No. 1 seed in the singles draw and won't have to worry about playing any of the other Big Four. Fed's toughest competition would likely come in the final on Sunday, when he could face Argentine Juan Martin del Potro.
Fellow Swiss player Stanislas Wawrinka is seeded No. 4 and could challenge Fed in the semifinals at the start of the weekend.
Look Out for Del Potro
If there is a player in this year's draw that is capable of upending Federer in Basel, it's Juan Martin del Potro. The 24-year-old gave Fed all he could handle in the men's singles semifinals at the 2012 London Olympics last summer, and is coming off a tournament win in Austria this past weekend.
Del Potro won the ATP Erste Bank Open in Vienna, defeating Grega Zemlja in straight sets in the singles final.
At 6'6", del Potro is a difficult matchup for most players. He gives Federer plenty of problems, and even beat him in the 2009 U.S. Open final in Flushing Meadows. Del Potro will be the No. 2 seed in Basel this week, likely setting him up for an easy run to the final where he would no doubt meet Fed for the crown.
With the field lacking many of the sport's superstars like Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, I can only see this fall's Swiss Indoors tournament finishing one way.
I like Federer and del Potro, the top two seeds, to cruise to the Sunday final. From there I suspect Roger Federer will bounce back from his semifinal loss at Shanghai, win his sixth career singles title at St. Jakobshalle and maintain a stranglehold on the world No. 1 ranking.
Swiss Indoors Basel 2012 Schedule
|Date||Round||Start Time (ET)|
|Mon, Oct. 22||Singles first round||8:30 a.m.|
|Tues, Oct. 23||
Singles first round
Doubles first round
|Weds, Oct. 24||
Singles first round/round of 16
Doubles first round
|Thurs, Oct. 25||
Singles round of 16
Doubles first round/quarterfinals
|Fri, Oct. 26||
|Sat, Oct. 27||
|Sun, Oct. 28||
*All information courtesy of SwissIndoorsBasel.ch
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