Roger Federer claimed Basel for the 10th time, in fifteen finals, with a 6-2, 6-2 thrashing of Alex de Minaur. The tenth Basel win was punctuated with the trademark Federer tears of joy and love for the sport. With the tenth at Basel, matching his record wins at Halle, the Roger Federer saga continues unabated. The Basel trophy also marked Roger’s 103rd title, and leaves him just six short of Jimmy Connor’s record of 109 career titles.
Roger Federer was at his ruthless best in the final.
Roger was in no mood to take prisoners in the final and was ruthless from the get go. He broke Alex in the 4th game of the first for a 3-1 lead, and did not take his foot off the pedal thereafter. Roger Federer claimed Basel with all court aggression and flawless tennis.
In his after match speech, Alex de Minuar said: “First of all, I was really hoping Roger was going to get sick of winning here and give somebody else a chance. [He] was too good again. That was amazing.
“For me, it has been a dream come true to come here and to be able to play Roger in Basel.
“I don’t think it gets much better than that. I can’t wait to come back.
“It’s been a great year. I have got family, my coach here. Let’s keep pushing for bigger and better things and hopefully, I will be back.”
Roger Federer was emotionally overwhelmed even after winning more than a 100 titles.
Roger was overwhelmed and tearful with this win, yet again. With 102 trophies gathering dust in his house, Roger should – one would assume – be quite used to winning by now.
“You saw it hit me again hard winning here in Basel. I don’t take these tournament victories as a normal thing. I take them as something quite unique and special, even though it’s been a lot by now,” Federer said.
“Everyone has a different flavour and I try to enjoy them as much as I can in the moment.
“I think it might be partially reminiscing back at everything that went on this week. Definitely the family, the thought of the team aspect, the family aspect, everything that goes into me still being able to do it today.
“People think I just go out there and just do it and have these types of weeks or these types of matches at will.
“But there’s so much more that goes into it, let alone managing four children, [which] is a challenge, but a good one.
“Obviously when I stand there and look back at everything that I had to go through, it really touches me.
“Along with just the music and the thought of all the ball kids running in already gets me going.”
Federer did not drop a set in the tournament and will, hopefully, look to recreate the same magic in Paris.