Federer completes Basel hat-trick

Basel, October 27:

Roger Federer completed a trophy hat-trick at his home event, the Swiss Indoors, on Sunday as he beat David Nalbandian 6-3, 6-4.

Federer, who came alive after a slow start this season as he lifted a fifth straight US Open crown, has now won two of the last three ATP events he has played and a fourth trophy in all in 2008. Federer goes into the season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai from November 9 charged with enthusiasm with his 57th career title secured and a 63-13 record so far this season.

The Swiss stands 10-8 over Nalbandian after facing the Argentine for a decade or more dating to their junior days. “It was a good match for me, I really felt my rhythm today,” said the winner. “It’s always great to win at home especially three in a row.”

Federer spent just 68 minutes in earning the victory as he competed in the fifth Basel final of his career. His unsuccessful first two, in 2000 and 2001, have been followed up by victories at the last three editions. Federer struck eight aces, never faced a break point and dropped just seven points on serve in a superb performance.

“Roger played a great match, he was almost perfect,” said Nalbandian.

“I enjoy this event every time I play here, it feels really good.” Federer has now won his last seven matches against Argentines and is bearing down on his appearance in the year-end event in Shanghai.