Federer, qualifier Copil reach Basel final — ATP roundup


The world number 93, the first player from qualifying to go this far here since Marcos Baghdatis in 2005, will face the victor from eight-time champion Roger Federer and Russian Daniil Medvedev.

The 28-year-old outsider fired 26 aces, with his impenetrable service game laying the basis for a surprise win. Federer though was fortunate to win the set even after making almost 30 unforced errors. He plays Federer, he plays great? Second-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa led Croatian No. 6 Borna Coric 7-6 (2), 1-2 when Coric retired.

Federer has not been beaten at his home tournament since losing the 2013 final to Juan Martin del Potro and emerged with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 victory over Marius Copil.

The ease of the first set was tempered by a hard second, however, and Federer was finally made to work for his win. "I'd like to say a few words to the people on the TV around the world", Federer said."Thank you so much for supporting me this week, it's been a magical week and I can't thank you enough". "There were a lot of breaks, it was all up and down".

"I'm starting to really get to understand the conditions and it was consistent, my most consistent match by far".

"I played quite good tennis, it was an fantastic week", he said.

Anderson was runner-up to Djokovic at Wimbledon this year but the win in Vienna represented the biggest title of his career.

Zverev owns three titles this season, form Munich, Madrid and Washington. Federer has never lost a championship match to an opponent ranked below World Number 87.

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However, it wasn't a smooth ride for the 20-time grand slam victor as he dropped his serve five times and was only 59 per cent accurate on his usually sharp first delivery.

"This was nearly a turnaround week for me", the Swiss legend said.

"When you're in a situation, you find a strategy always".

"I was trying to win one or two matches here just to stay there".

It was early trouble for the World No.3 when he fell 5-2 behind.

The Swiss had his chances to recover in the seventh game, but two break-back chances went for nought. But Federer fought back to make it 5-5 and then saved set points to level at 6-6 with an ace.

It took top seed Federer just 19 minutes to secure the opening set against Medvedev.

Federer broke back in the sixth game after a poor drop shot from Copil, with both players serving well after that to reach a tie break.