Roger Federer Wins Davidoff Swiss Indoors for Fourth Title of the Year

Dimitri KayCorrespondent INovember 7, 2010

BASEL, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 07:  Roger Federer of Switzerland kisses the trophy after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the final during Day Seven of the Davidoff Swiss Indoors Tennis at St Jakobshalle on November 7, 2010 in Basel, Switzerland.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Roger Federer won the Davidoff Swiss Indoors today, defeating Novak Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 to win his second consecutive tournament, having won the If Stockholm Open last month.

Both players started the match tentatively, each facing break points early on. However, Federer struck the first blow by breaking Djokovic in the third game after the Serb's unforced error.  After that first break, both players calmed down and started creating quality tennis.

Federer took the first set when a spirited fight back from the Serb took the Swiss to deuce and then to break point after having established a 40-0 lead.

Djokovic broke the Swiss maestro early in the second set and raced in front with a 3-0 lead. The Serb, trying to defend the title he had won last year, was the better player throughout the second set, also having opportunities to break Federer again.

Nevertheless the Swiss stood strong and made Djokovic serve out the second set. The latter nearly got broken when Federer pushed a break point chance on the Serb’s serve, but Djokovic hit an unreturnable serve topping 196 km to save the break point.He then went on to take the match to a third set.

The third set was nothing like the first two sets. Federer started off by holding his serve to love in his first two service games. Djokovic then played a poor fourth game while Federer went up another gear, producing a splendid down-the-line pass. The Serb then double faulted on break point, gifting Federer the game.

The Swiss then broke again and served the match out comfortably to avenge his loss to the Serb in last year’s final.

"I've played really well all week long," said the Basel native, who managed to reach the final without dropping a set.

Federer now has 65 career titles lifting him above Pete Sampras in the all-time victory list in the open era.

Both players are now scheduled to play in Paris next week where Federer and Djokovic will be the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds respectively after world No. 1 Rafael Nadal pulled out with injury.


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