Roger Federer came alive on home soil this past week, beating Juan Martin del Potro in three sets to not only win the Swiss Indoors Basel, but also to extend his winning streak to 10 matches in a row.
Here are five things the World No.2 achieved by winning the ATP World Tour 500-level title:
1. He won his ATP World Tour-leading seventh title of 2017. Federer tied Nadal at six in Shanghai two weeks ago, and the Swiss now passes the Spaniard for most ATP World Tour titles on the year.
2. He won an incredible eighth Basel title. Federer adds the 2017 crown to previous wins in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015. This is now one of three ATP World Tour events Federer has won eight or more times - he has nine career titles in Halle and eight career titles at Wimbledon.
Here are highlights from Federer’s 6-7(5) 6-4 6-3 championship victory against del Potro:
3. He’s now standalone second place for most career titles in the Open Era. Federer went into Basel tied in second place with Lendl at 94 career ATP World Tour titles, but with his 95th, he’s now standalone second place. Connors holds the Open Era record with 109 career ATP World Tour titles.
4. He passes Djokovic for most career prize money ever. Federer’s victory pushed his career prize money to $109,853,682, passing Djokovic’s $109,805,403 for the new record for most career prize money in tennis, male or female. Nadal ($91,199,322) and Serena ($84,463,131) are next.
5. He kept himself in contention for year-end No.1. Federer earned 500 points with his win at the ATP World Tour 500-level event, which pushes him to within 1,460 ranking points of Nadal (Nadal has 10,465 and Federer now has 9,005). Nadal could clinch year-end No.1 in Paris this week, though…
Here are Federer’s thoughts on his win in Basel and how he sees the rest of 2017 playing out: