Roger Federer Lifts Sixth Basel Crown, Edges Closer to No. 1 Ranking

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17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer put on a master class performance in the Swiss Indoor Basel to defeat David Goffin in straight sets. Federer claimed his sixth title in Basel with the 6-2, 6-2 victory over the Belgian on Sunday.

Playing in his 11th final at this particular event, Federer was looking for his sixth title in eight years in Basel, and his first there since 2011. His win denies Goffin a third title this season and boosts Federer’s trophy collection to 82 titles.

The word No. 2 snatched early breaks in both sets before breezing through the remainder of the match in 51 minutes. He struck 5 aces, 19 winners and won 93% of his first service points.

Goffin, who held a impressive 43 wins in 45 matches, was unable to withstand Federer’s dominance on court, and ultimately had his 16-match win streak snapped by the Swiss No. 1. He will resume his breakthrough run this season at the Paris Bercy, where he will open up against Lukas Rosol in the opening round.

Earlier in the day, Vasek Pospisil and Nenad Zimonjic lifted their first ATP World Tour team title on Sunday at the Swiss Indoors Basel. The second seeds defeated Marin Draganja and Henri Kontinen 7-6(13), 1-6, 10-6 in the final, which lasted just over 90 minutes.

“We arranged this partnership in Beijing,” said Pospisil. “We both knew we could play well together. We just clicked really well and had great energy. We obviously served really well, so it was a great week for us. We matched really well together.”

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