Federer glad he ended 10-month-long wait for title in own backyard, beating Kei 6-1, 6-3 in final
Roger Federer returned to winning mode ten months after his last title as the home tennis hero schooled Japanese wild card Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-3 to win a fifth Swiss Indoors title yesterday. The third seed lost just one point in a dominating first set which lasted 28 minutes.
Swiss roll: Roger Federer celebrates after beating Japan's Kei Nishikori. Pic/Getty Images
The 21-year-old Nishikori found some range in the second set but had no hopes against an on-form Federer in front of his enthusiastic home crowd at the event where he once served as a ballboy. "It's great to win at home again," said Federer. "Kei put up a good fight. I've known ever since I hit with him as a teenager that he could have a good future.
"He's had some injuries but he's playing well now. It was a good match and I'm very happy for the win." The 30-year-old Federer now stands 29-1 at the event over the past six years after playing six straight finals.
The tournament is the only non-grand slam tournament where he has won more than 40 matches. Federer improved to 54-12 this season as he competed in his first final since losing to Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros in June.
"I tried to fight, but Roger would not let me into the match," said Nishikori. The challenger goes to Paris with a Special Exempt entry after reaching the Basel semi-finals.