Juan Martin del Potro and Roger Federer have combined to win six of the past seven titles at the Swiss Indoors in Basel, Switzerland, and each will be gunning for another championship this week at St. Jakobshalle.
The defending champion, del Potro is in top form coming in, having won the Japan Open in Tokyo and reached the final at the Shanghai Masters earlier this month. The world No. 5 has won eight of his last nine matches overall and will be the No. 1 seed in this year's draw.
Meanwhile, Federer, who has won a record five championships in Basel, will have to navigate his way through the draw as the No. 3 seed in the bottom half. The hometown hero certainly won't be lacking motivation this time around after losing to del Potro in an epic three-set final at the Swiss Indoors a year ago, with each of the final two sets requiring a tiebreaker.
Federer's compatriot and No. 4 seed Stanislas Wawrinka is another threat to win on the hard courts of Basel. The 28-year-old is up to No. 8 in the world rankings and is looking to earn points in an effort to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals in London at season's end. Four of the eight spots have already been taken, but Wawrinka can continue his charge with a strong performance in his home country.
Just ahead of Wawrinka in the race to qualify for the year-end championships is Czech star Tomas Berdych, who will be seeded second in this week's draw. Berdych has never won in Basel but is a powerful contender who plays his best tennis on hard courts.
With the action underway, let's you caught up with the latest scores and results from the 2013 Swiss Indoors.
No. 1 Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina
No. 2 Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic
No. 3 Roger Federer, Switzerland
No. 4 Stanislas Wawrinka, Switzerland
No. 5 Richard Gasquet, France
No. 6 Kei Nishikori, Japan
No. 7 Andreas Seppi, Italy
No. 8 Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria
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Day 1 Scores
No. 3 Roger Federer def. Adrian Mannarino; 6-4, 6-2
Alexandr Dolgopolov def. Kenny De Schepper; 6-4, 6-4
Lukasz Kubot def. Daniel Gimeno-Traver; 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
Tobias Kamke def. Victor Hanescu; 6-4, 6-4
The first-round action at the 2013 Swiss Indoors on Monday produced very little drama but tons of excitement. Five-time champion Roger Federer won his opening-round match with ease, defeating Adrian Mannarino in straight sets.
Federer won 88 percent of his first-serve points and broke the Frenchman four times in 13 tries to advance to the second round.
Wild card Alexandr Dolgopolov, qualifier Tobias Kamke and Lukasz Kubot were all winners as well on Day 1. Dolgopolov and Kamke won with identical 6-4, 6-4 scorelines, while Kubot had to survive a dramatic first-set tiebreak with Spain's Daniel Gimeno-Traver before going on to cruise and join the other men in Round 2.
Day 2 Scores
Edouard Roger-Vasselin def. No. 4 Stanislas Wawrinka; 6-4, 6-3
Daniel Brands def. No. 7 Andreas Seppi; 7-6(7-3), 6-3
No. 6 Kei Nishikori def. Marco Chiudinelli; 6-2, 6-4
Ivan Dodig def. Carlos Berlocq (Retired); 2-0
Marcos Baghdatis def. Benjamin Becker; 7-6(10-8), 6-1
Denis Istomin def. Horacio Zeballos; 7-5, 7-6(7-3)
Ivo Karlovic def. No. 2 Tomas Berdych; 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-2)
If you thought Day 1 in Switzerland was dull, you wouldn't have had any such complaint about Day 2.
There was quite a bit of excitement during the second half of the 2013 Swiss Indoors Basel’s first round. Three upsets were the highlight of Tuesday’s action, with Daniel Brands, Ivo Karlovic and Edouard Roger-Vasselin advancing against ranked opponents.
Brands toppled the seventh-seeded Andreas Seppi in a thrilling match that needed a tiebreak to decide. The big German got the best of his Italian foe in the end and now advances to face Lukasz Kubot in the next round.
Roger-Vasselin won handily in straight sets against Stanislas Wawrinka, the No. 4 seed and a pre-tournament favorite to make a run deep in this event. The French victor will see Tobias Kamke in the second round.
Karlovic dropped the first set against Tomas Berdych, but responded by taking the No. 2 seed to a tiebreak in each of the next two sets. He wore his opponent down and won both such outcomes to move on in the tournament.
No. 6 Kei Nishikori had no issues with Marco Chiudinelli, as the sixth-seeded Japanese favorite was expected to make quick work of his opponent and did exactly that. Unfortunately, he was among the minority in terms of top seeds taking care of business.
Denis Istomin and Marcos Baghdatis each advanced with straight-set wins, and Ivan Dodig will also move on after his opponent—Carlos Berlocq—retired in the first set of their match.
Day 3 Scores
No. 1 Juan Martin del Potro def. Henri Laaksonen; 6-4, 6-4
Michael Llodra def. No. 5 Richard Gasquet; 6-4, 6-2
No. 8 Grigor Dimitrov def. Radek Stepanek; 6-3, 6-3
Vasek Pospisil def. Robin Haase; 6-4, 6-4
Paul-Henri Mathieu def. Denis Kudla; 6-4, 7-5
No. 3 Roger Federer def. Denis Istomin; 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
Ivan Dodig def. No. 6 Kei Nishikori; 6-1, 6-2
Tournament top seed Juan Martin del Potro and third-seeded Roger Federer both advanced on Wednesday at the Swiss Indoors in Basel.
Delpo broke Swiss wild card Henri Laaksonen three times en route to pulling out a straight-sets win in Round 1. Later in the day, Federer overcame an early scare to defeat unseeded challenger Denis Istomin to book a spot in Friday's quarterfinals.
Federer squandered several opportunities to break his opponent, but stepped up when he had to, saving five of six break points for the match. The five-time Swiss Indoors champ will have a day off to recover before returning to action in the quarters on Day 5.
Surprisingly, two of the other three seeded players in action on Wednesday were upset in straight sets. Fifth-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet was one and done after falling to countryman Michael Llodra in his first-round match. Meanwhile, sixth-seeded Kei Nishikori saw his title hopes dashed by Croatian Ivan Dodig.
Dodig has been playing much-improved tennis since reaching the third round of the 2013 U.S. Open earlier this year and could be a threat if he can keep up his current pace at the bottom of the draw.
Eighth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov, Vasek Pospisil and Paul-Henri Mathieu were all winners on Day 3 as well. All three competitors won in straight sets to advance to the second round. Second-round action will conclude on Day 4 as the field gets narrowed down to the final eight.
Day 4 Scores
Paul-Henri Mathieu def. Michael Llodra; 6-4, 6-3
No. 1 Juan Martin del Potro def. Marcos Baghdatis; 6-1, 6-2
Daniel Brands def. Lukasz Kubot; 6-2, 6-4
Edouard Roger-Vasselin def. Tobias Kamke; 7-5, 6-3
Vasek Pospisil def. Ivo Karlovic; 6-3, 6-4
No. 8 Grigor Dimitrov def. Alexandr Dolgopolov; 6-3, 6-2
The top-seeded del Potro seems to be without peer in the tournament. He romped over Baghdatis in straight sets on Thursday. Baghdatis could only manage to take three games in the match overall. Even the great Roger Federer seems to be having more trouble than the 25-year-old Argentinian.
Federer dropped a set to Denis Istomin en route to the Round of 8 on Wednesday. Del Potro hasn't needed a third set to dispose of any opponent yet.
With Tomas Berdych eliminated, the two could be headed for a meeting in the final. Up next for del Potro is Frenchmen Paul-Henri Mathieu. The latter knocked off his countrymen Michael Llodra in straight sets on Thursday.
The two men have only met once prior in their careers. Del Potro bested the 31-year-old back in 2007 at the Brisbane International when del Potro was just 19 years old.
Much has changed since then for both men. We'll see which has the edge when they meet with a shot at the semifinals on the line.
In other action featuring seeded players, No. 8 Grigor Dimitrov made relatively quick work of Alexandr Dolgopolov. He may be the last player remaining with a good shot of disrupting a del Potro-Federer final.
Day 5 Scores
No. 1 Juan Martin del Potro def. Paul-Henri Mathieu; 6-4, 6-4
No. 3 Roger Federer def. No. 8 Grigor Dimitrov; 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
Vasek Pospisil def. Ivan Dodig; 7-6 (13-11), 6-4
Edouard Roger-Vasselin def. Daniel Brands; 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
Defending tournament champion Juan Martin del Potro is back in the semifinals after blasting 11 aces past Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu in Friday's quarterfinal clash.
Delpo only broke Mathieu once in each set, but that's all he needed to advance thanks to an impressive performance on serve that saw him win an incredible 30 of 32 first-serve points for the match. The top seed will look to earn his second consecutive final berth in Basel on Saturday against another Frenchman, Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
Roger-Vasselin defeated Daniel Brands in the only quarterfinal that went the distance on Day 5. The unseeded European, who made noise by upsetting fourth-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka in the first round earlier this week, saved four of five break points and took advantage of Brands' weaker second serves, winning 50 percent of those points.
Up-and-coming Canadian Vasek Pospisil also advanced to the semifinals on Friday, surviving Ivan Dodig in an epic first-set tiebreak that required 24 points to determine a winner. After taking the opening frame 13-11 in the tiebreak, Pospisil won the second set much easier, breaking the Croatian twice to reach his first tournament semifinal since the Rogers Cup this past summer.
Pospisil will take on five-time tournament champion Roger Federer in Saturday's other semifinal. Federer took out Grigor Dimitrov in Friday's final quarterfinal match, saving nine of 10 break points and dominating on his first serve throughout.
With the straight-sets victory, Federer has now reached the semifinals in Basel on eight straight occasions. A win on Saturday will make it eight straight Swiss Indoors final appearances for the world No. 6.
Day 6 Scores
No. 1 Juan Martin del Potro def. Edouard Roger-Vasselin; 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
No. 3 Roger Federer def. Vasek Pospisil; 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 7-5
For the second straight year, Juan Martin del Potro and Roger Federer will square off in the Swiss Indoors final in Basel. Both top-seeded players advanced to Sunday's final with impressive wins in Saturday's semifinals.
Defending tournament champion del Potro needed all three sets to get past unseeded Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin, but showed why he's the world's fifth-ranked player in the third and final frame, jumping out to a quick 4-0 lead and winning 16 of 20 total service points for the set.
While the Argentine only won 47 percent of his second-serve points for the match, his first serve was nearly untouchable as he won nearly 80 percent of those points.
In Day 6's second semifinal, five-time Swiss Indoors champion Roger Federer looked poised to cruise past Canadian Vasek Pospisil, but squandered some excellent opportunities to close out the match in the second set. Pospisil would force a tiebreak and win seven of the 10 points to schedule a deciding set.
Both players appeared determined to survive in the opening games of the third but it was the Swiss legend who was able to dig deeper, battling back from down a break to outlast the youngster 7-5 in the third.
It will be interesting to see how fast Federer can recover over the next few hours before Sunday's winner-take-all championship rematch with del Potro.
Day 7 Scores
No. 1 Juan Martin del Potro def. No. 3 Roger Federer; 7-6 (7-3), 2-6, 6-4
Juan Martin del Potro successfully defended his Swiss Indoors title on Sunday in Basel, outlasting five-time tournament champion Roger Federer in a three-set final for the second straight year.
Both men came out determined from the start, as each broke the other's serve once en route to an opening-set tiebreak. Del Potro would jump out to an early lead in the extra session before taking a crucial one set to love lead.
Federer was undeterred however, battling back in the second set. He would record five aces and break del Potro twice in the frame to force a deciding set.
Like Federer in the second, del Potro rallied in the final set, earning a key break and saving two huge break points on his own serve to survive the Swiss legend yet again.
In such an even final, you have to credit Delpo's clutch play in the first-set tiebreak for providing the difference.