Sunday, October 28, 2012

Federer vs Del Potro in Basel final

Federer vs Del Potro in Basel final

Roger Federer will play against Juan Martin del Potro in the Swiss Indoors final after the Swiss beat Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-5, 6-4 and the Argentine crushed Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-2.

Federer and Del Potro played 6 times in 2012 with the world number 1 taking all the wins.

"I'm excited to see how he is going to come out and play," Federer said. "We have had a couple of tough ones, at the French Open and particularly at the Olympics. I had a really hard time breaking his serve. The margins are extremely small."

"Now he is finally back to his real self again," Federer said. "He looked really impressive today."

"I was close in the Olympics and French Open but I never beat him this year," said Del Potro. "He has all the shots. He's a very, very complete player."

During his match, Federer hit 10 aces and never faced a break-point.

Excellent anticipation at the net put Federer into position to hit a volleyed winner to create two set points in the first. He clinched with a forehand winner.

Federer moved his opponent around the court in the final game before putting away an overhead to earn match point, and sealed victory when Mathieu netted a two-handed backhand.

“I think the last couple matches give me good confidence. At least I know where my game is now, whereas the first couple rounds of any tournament, you’re not quite sure,” said Federer.

“I thought I’ve played a couple good matches. I’m excited about playing Juan Martin in the final. It’s great seeing him backing up his win in Vienna. We can look back at some great matches and hopefully live up to another one tomorrow. I’m ready to go.”

Del Potro won his eighth match in a row as he capitalised on a first serve percentage of 49 per cent from Gasquet to break the Frenchman five times.

“We played long rallies from the baseline and hit the ball really hard today. That helped me to play my game,” he said. “I broke his serve many times. Then I was ready and focused all the time on my serve. I think I played a really nice match.

“I played better than yesterday. I know I have to play better tomorrow if I want to win this tournament. I’m going step by step and enjoying this victory against Gasquet. It’s going to be a difficult final for me but I will be ready to play.”

Photo by AP Photo/Keystone/Georgios Kefalas