Swiss Indoors Basel 2011; Roger Federer Fifth Title

Roger Federer Triumph Swiss Indoors

The rate of non-seeded players from Japan Kei Nishikori at the Swiss Indoors Basel 2011 finally halted at the hands of home favorite Roger Federer. The world no.4 won his fifth crown at the Swiss Indoors Basel on Sunday, dismissing Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-3 in their first FedEx ATP Head 2 Head meeting. The victory gives Federer five titles or more at an event for the fifth time. “I’m very happy, as I got better as the week went on,” stated Federer. “I definitely saved the best for last at the tournament. I played really well today in the final.”

With the win, Federer claimed his 68th career title and second in 2011 after beginning the season by defeating Nikolay Davydenko in the Doha final. He snapped his longest title drought since 2001-2002, when he went 11 months between his first two titles in Milan and Sydney. “I’m feeling really fit and I’m ready for more,” Federer said. “I’m very hungry and fired up.”

In the final match held on Sunday and lasts for 1 hour 12 minutes, Federer looks very dominant both in the first set and in the second set. The 21-year-old Japanese players have only been able to provide resistance tight towards the end of the second set, but it does not mean much, because Federer who performed brilliantly overcame his opponent with a very good game.

Apparently, yesterday was the final anti-climax to the day before Nishikori appear extraordinary when faced Novak Djokovic in the semifinals, regardless whether it is because of the injury that interferes with the Serbian tennis player games.

“I think I started a little bit nervous even though at the same time I was excited to play in the final here with Roger,” Nishikori said.

“I’m a bit disappointed with how I played today, as it didn’t go well, but it’s always going to be tough against him… His tennis was too good for me. I felt like I couldn’t do anything.”

Nishikori was bidding to win his second title and first since triumphing in Delray Beach three years ago. The runner-up finish is his second of the season, having also reached the final in Houston (l. to Sweeting). “Every match is a good experience, especially when you’re playing Top 10 guys,” believes Nishikori. “It’s a different level and I’ve learned from these matches.”

The two will now head to Paris for the BNP Paribas Masters, the final event of the regular season. “I haven’t been able to win in Paris yet, so I hope to do some damage over there,” said Federer.

“I was really close last year. I’m confident with what’s still to come but it’s only getting tougher from here. It’s only the beginning of the last push of the season.”

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