The history repeated itself on the Center Court in Basel this Sunday as Juan Martin Del Potro defeated Roger Federer in the Swiss Indoors final for the second consecutive year. The top seed Argentine and the local hero played an entertaining match with the defending champion eventually retaining the trophy after a closely-fought three-set battle in which each of the athletes won an equal share of 192 rallies during two hours and twenty-one minutes of tennis.
The opening set progressed on serve until 4-3 when Delpo converted on the first break point to get his nose in front, but was forced to relinquish the advantage as the Swiss Maestro pegged back immediately after a splendid break to love. He was not completely out of the woods yet as he needed to save a double set point on his serve to finally make it 5-5 and a tie-break showdown would eventually follow. Del Potro has proved to be a tougher of the opponents in the thirteenth game in which he prevailed thanks to a consistent display and a touch of luck in some of the crucial moments.
The second set was more to the liking of the Basel crowd who witnessed the Argentine surrendering a pair of service games which allowed their idol taking the title clash into the all-deciding final set. However, FedEx suffered a loss of serve in the opening game and Del Potro moved 2-0 up after rescuing a couple of break points. Despite all his efforts, the five-time Basel title holder Swiss failed to break back and Delpo took advantage of the second championship point to conquer his fourth ATP World Tour 500 tournament in 2013 with a 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-4 final triumph. Federer now has to win his second round match at the upcoming Paris Masters in order to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals in London.
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