Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Federer reaches 14th Swiss Indoors final

Federer reaches 14th Swiss Indoors final

Romanian qualifer Marius Copil stunned German second seed Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-4 on Saturday to advance to the finals at the Swiss Indoors Basel in Switzerland.

The Swiss now owns nine trophies from his hometown event and has won his last 20 matches at the tournament.

"It's been a magical week for me, a dream run for me", Federer said, prior to moving onto his traditional post-final pizza party with ballkids - of which he was one here two decades ago.

"I'd love to see now what kind of results I can have - but it went his way today, this is how it ended".

The world No. 1 needed just over an hour as he defeated the No. 7 seed 6-1, 6-4.

"I made a promise to my fans to say a few words in French as well so here we are", he said in French.

"The results show it as well, so I'm very happy".

Federer, an eight-time victor of his hometown event, was far from his best but managed to come back from a break down to win the first set in a tiebreaker on Friday.

From there Federer really set the tone of the match in the tiebreaker, where the Swiss man raced to a 5-1 lead before earning the set after an hour of hard-fight when Simon erred his backhand wide.

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

Copil will be competing in the biggest match of his career after overcoming second seed Zverev, with the Romanian having dropped just one set this week.

Nishikori, in his third final this season, is seeking his first title since 2016 and potentially a spot in the ATP finals.

Federer got the key break early in the deciding set and reeled off five straight points when facing three break chances in the sixth game.

"It will be a challenge but I'm excited to see how I feel tomorrow, playing a young guy", said Federer.

Anderson, 32, who has never previously finished in the end-of-year top 10, is the first singles player from South Africa to play in the Tour Finals since Wayne Ferreira in 1995.

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