In a fitting culmination to the Swiss Indoor Basel, the final of the tournament will feature and enthralling encounter between 17-time Grand Slam champion and hometown hero Roger Federer against one of the hottest commodities on the ATP World Tour in 2014, David Goffin. This will mark just the second time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour and the first time since 2012. Federer leads the head-to-head series 1-0.
World No. 2 Roger Federer survived a surprisingly competitive three-set encounter against Ivo Karlovic to advance to his 11th final at the Swiss Indoor Basel. Federer withstood 33 aces from the towering Croat and won 80% of his service points to close out the match in 1 hour and 42 minutes. He also extended his winning streak to 11 consecutive matches.
It has been a remarkable season for David Goffin. After breaking his left wrist last season, the Belgian No. 1 embarked on several majestic winning streaks in 2014 – one that included a streak of three ATP Challenger Tour titles in a tow, his maiden ATP World Tour title before losing at the hands of Jerzy Janowicz ahead of the US Open.
Goffin has since embarked on another streak – this time 16 matches deep. He began his run in Basel with a straight sets victories over Dominic Thiem and Ivan Dodig, but would soon come through with his first ever Top 10 victory with a three-set win over Canada’s Milos Raonic. He needed another three sets to defeat Rafael Nada;’s vanquisher Borna Coric and arrive at yet another ATP World Tour final this season.
Goffin struck 10 aces to close out the victory in 2 hours and six minutes and arrive at his third final this season. He will look to add to his title wins in Kitzbuhel and Moselle.
Federer and Goffin have only crossed paths once on the professional tour – the fourth round of the 2012 French Open. It came during Goffin’s breakthrough Grand Slam run, and he was even able to snatch a set of the Swiss star before losing the encounter in four sets. Based off his recent performances, it would not be too surprising to see Goffin manage another set over Federer but will ultimately lose the encounter in the decider.
Prediction: Roger Federer in Three Sets