Federer Knocks Off Nalbandian in Basel

by John on October 27, 2008

Roger Federer won his hometown tournament for the third straight year yesterday, defeating Argentine David Nalbandian 6-3, 6-4 at the Swiss Indoors final in Basel. The title was Federer’s fourth of the year and 57th of his career. Federer evened his record in finals this year at 4-4 and improved to 10-8 against his longtime nemesis from Argentina. The 27-year-old Swiss won Estoril and Halle in the spring and the U.S. Open in September. Federer’s four championship losses, most notably the French Open and Wimbledon, were all to Rafael Nadal, who ended the Swiss Maestro’s 237-week reign at No. 1 in August. The top-seeded Federer hit eight aces and lost just seven points on his serve. “Things are back into a groove the way I like it. I’m happy with the way I’m playing,” Federer said. “It feels great to win at home. Once you had it you want more of it and you want to do it over and over again.” Nalbandian, who is rounding into top form and in the midst of a late season surge after a so-so year, couldn’t keep up with the former No. 1 on Sunday. “Roger played almost perfect, he played great,” said the second-seeded Nalbandian. “He served very well and although I didn’t play bad he was better than me today. I had a good week though.” Nalbandian won at Stockholm two weeks ago and has appeared in four finals this year. He won at Buenos Aires in February and lost the following week in Acapulco. Both Federer and Nalbandian move on to the Paris Masters this week, where the Argentine is the defending champion. Federer is seeded No. 2, behind Nadal, and Nalbandian is No. 8.

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