Federer beats Del Potro to claim seventh title of 2017

Roger Federer claimed his seventh title of a spectacular 2017 by beating Juan Martin del Potro over three sets to win the eighth Swiss Indoors crown of his career.

The Swiss superstar won his eighth Basel title on Sunday, battling back to defeat the surging Juan Martin del Potro, 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3 to clinch his ATP World Tour leading seventh title of the year.

The match was a highly entertaining one.

Del Potro won the first set before Federer fought his way back into the contest, claiming the second stanza.

Del Potro assumed control of the decider as he broke the local legend in the first game but Federer then found his best as he won six of the next eight games to lift the trophy.

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“You’ve been on a great run since the US Open and before so I’m very happy to see you playing so well again and being able to play every week. That’s something I would like to be able to do again,” Federer said to del Potro who was a very opponent in the final.

“All the best for Paris and then I’ll hopefully maybe see you in London, too.”

It’s hard to believe that Federer is 36-years-of-age. On Sunday his movement was quite exceptional and the timing of his groundstrokes was breath-taking at times.

In winning, Federer also kept alive the battle for the year-end number one Emirates ATP Ranking, pulling to within 1,460 points of Rafael Nadal with the final ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event of the year in Paris and the Nitto ATP Finals still to go.

Federer can capture a combined 2,500 points at those two events.