Juan Martin Del Potro ended his seven match losing streak against Roger Federer with an excellent performance to take the Basel title in three sets 6-4 6-7 (5) 7-6 (3).
An early break in game five was all that Del Potro needed to settle a tight set. He got a little tight serving for the set at 30-0 as Federer pulled it back to 30-30 thanks to two errors from the Argentinian. However, he regained his composure to bring up set point with an excellent forehand set up by the serve and took the set after a Federer backhand went wide.
Del Potro was not broken once in the match, backed by 10 aces while losing just 8 points (of 62) on his first serve. The one break point in set two, brought up by a double fault, led to some of Del Potro’s best tennis of the match as he reeled off three winners in a row to hold.
It would be Federer who struggled more on serve, failing to convert multiple game points at 2-2 before holding. Del Potro would have his last break point of the match at 5-5, but he would be able to do very little about Federer’s inside out forehand which went for a winner. Another straight forward hold meant that the second set would be decided by a tie break, and just one mistake was enough for Federer to take it. A netted forehand at 1-1 gave Federer the vital mini break which he would hold all the way to the end of the set to send it to a decider.
Federer would continue to pile on the pressure, and had three chances at 1-1 to break the Del Potro serve but would fail to convert all three. The second went after an errant backhand, with the third being wiped out thanks to a huge Del Potro serve. Game seven saw another chance for Federer but he would hit another forehand error to bring up deuce. No more break chances would occur so it would need a second tie break to decide the title.
A missed forehand at 2-3 would give Del Potro the vital mini break and he would hold his nerve to bring up 3 championship points. He took the first to seal his fourth title of the year.
After the tournament, Federer announced that he would be withdrawing from Paris.
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