Federer triumphs in marathon on home court

Roger Federer squeezed past Gilles Simon and into the Swiss Indoors semi-finals

Federer, 37, spent nearly 90 minutes less on court Saturday than Copil, who has had to come through six matches to reach his second career ATP final. Federer was made to work hard during his title defence but he managed to dig deep and thereby win his 99th career title.

The 37-year-old saved a break point in the first game and, his nerves settled, set about the task of outclassing his opponent with clinical precision to reach his 14th Basel final. "It was dream run for me", Federer said in his acceptance speech, before his fans' ovation brought tears welling in his eyes.

Anderson won in three sets in their only meeting this season.

"I would love for it to be the beginning of my career at this level", said Copil, who played his first tour-level match in 2009.

"I want to congratulate Kei on a great week", Anderson said on court after receiving the trophy.

The Swiss crowd favourite was never able to comfortably take command against an opponent whom he had defeated in their last six meetings. His hour and a half tussle against Marius Copil in the final of the Swiss Indoors aided him to win his 21st ATP 500 crown surpass Rafael Nadal who has 20 of them.

Second seed Alexander Zverev also went through with a 7-5 6-3 win over Roberto Bautista Agut, his 52nd win of the year.

"But winning is fun, winning gives you confidence and that's what I'll need if I want to do well in London and beat the best over there, so I hope that this confidence I gained from here is going to help me there".

He traded breaks with Federer before the local hero snaffled the tiebreak seven points to five.

Just as Federer looked to be settling into form after almost 30 unforced errors in the opening set, more disruption ensued.

Nishikori broke in Thiem's first two service games in each set, storming out to a 5-0 lead in the first and a 4-0 advantage in the second. But he finally lost his nerve in the 12th game when two unforced errors in a row handed Federer the match.

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