Classic Match of the Week: Roger Returns

Roger Federer seems to be back into some kind of form after his recent slump, reaching the semi-finals at what is probably considered the most important tournament to him – the Basel Open. He holds many records at the tournament, including:

  • Most singles titles: 5 (2006, 07, 08, 10, 11)
  • Most consecutive singles finals: 3 (2006-08)
  • Most singles finals: 9 (2000, 01, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12)
  • Most consecutive singles finals: 7 (2006-12)
  • The only person to be a ball boy and eventually champion (probably)

So having reached the singles finals for the past seven years, it would be a real sign of his demise for his home fans if the third seed didn’t come out on top. So far he has beaten Adrian Mannarino, Denis Istomin, Grigor Dimitrov (AKA Baby Fed) and will face Vasek Pospisil in the semi-finals, probably followed by del Portro in the final. If he wins the tournament, he will definitely qualify for the World Tour Finals.

By the 2006 tournament he already had an unbelievable nine Grand Slam titles under his belt. Paradoxically though, he had never won what is considered his home tournament, although he had come runner-up to Thomas Enqvist and Tim Henman respectively in 2000 and 2001. But that all changed in 2006. It wasn’t an easy semi-final for Federer either, facing Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand, who many people believe played the match of his life. The Swiss won 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5).

In the final he faced another now forgotten player – Fernando González. He won it in straight sets 6-3, 6-2, 7-2, setting the norm for the following two years. Highlights from the final are below (8 mins).

– Jacob Lee


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