Roger Federer (Player Bio) begins his bid a fifth title in his hometown of Basel when he meets Frenchman Adrian Mannarino (Player Bio) in the first round of the ATP 500 level tournament tomorrow afternoon. The 17-time Grand Slam champion will attempt to clinch a late qualifying spot in the Barclays ATP World Tour final with a strong showing in the tournament and to carry the momentum forth to the Paris Masters next week. The (Player Bio)Federer vs Mannarino Head to Head stands at 3-0.
The former World No. 1 has won just one title this season and exited Wimbledon (2nd round) and the US Open (fourth round) in disappointing fashion for the first time since 2004. It is also the first time since 2002 that Federer failed to reach a Grand Slam final. He will look to redeem himself in the final three weeks of the season as he aims to win the Basel title for a fifth time. The Swiss has a 47-8 record in his hometown tournament and has won the title in 2006-08 and 2010-11. On his side of the draw, Federer could potentially meet Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals and Tomas Berdych in the semi-finals. If he is successful in those matches, he may eventually meet fellow countryman Stanislas Wawrinka or top seed Juan Martin del Potro in the finals.
The World No. 62 had a career best performance this year when he reached a Grand Slam fourth round for first time at the Wimbledon Championships. He has since reached the third round of the US Open, where he lost to Roger Federer in straight sets. His best performance post-US Open was when he reached the quarter-finals in Bangkok. The Frenchman has a 10-13 overall record heading into his encounter with the Swiss legend tomorrow and will have an exceptionally tough opening round match considering Federer will be on home turf for this contest.
Mannarino has already lost once to Federer this year (US Open) and is 0-3 against the former World No. 1. The previous two losses both came in 2011 at the Paris Masters and Wimbledon. Adrian is yet to take a set of Federer and has never been able to win more than three games in a set against him. This will likely be another one-sided contest in the Fed’s favour.
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