Basel Flashback: Roger Federer claims three-peat

Roger Federer secured his third consecutive Basel title in 2008

by Jovica Ilic
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Basel Flashback: Roger Federer claims three-peat
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Roger Federer clinched his third consecutive Basel title in 2008, extending his winning streak in front of the home fans to 15. Federer produced a rock-solid performance in the final against David Nalbandian, earning a 6-3, 6-4 triumph and extending his streak.

The home sta had to work hard against Bobby Reynolds in the opening round. Roger never faced a break point and still played a decider, prevailing 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 in an hour and 50 minutes. In the repeat of last year's final, Federer endured another tough encounter against Jarkko Nieminen, passing the Finn in two tie breaks to reach the quarter-final.

Simone Bolelli fell 6-2, 6-3 in 67 minutes, with Federer dropping 15 points behind the serve and fending off the only break chance to mount the pressure on the Italian. Simone lost serve two times in the first set and once in the second, propelling the Swiss into the last four.

Facing another player from outside the top-25, Roger toppled Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-2 in swift 61 minutes to advance into his fifth Basel final. Federer never lost serve, breaking Lopez three times from four opportunities and controlling the pace.

In their 18th and penultimate encounter on the Tour, Federer defeated David Nalbandian 6-3, 6-4 for his third Basel crown and the seventh victory in the last nine matches against the Argentine.

In 2008, Roger Federer beat David Nalbandian for the third Basel crown.

The Swiss lost only seven points in his games, never facing a break point and earning eight opportunities in David's games.

He converted one in each set to cross the finish line in no time and lift the trophy. They had a similar number of unforced errors. Roger produced more winners and forced more of David's errors to control the pace and forge the advantage in the shortest and more extended rallies.

After three easy holds, the fourth game saw 18 points and five break chances for Roger. He wasted them and allowed David to bring the game home and level the score at 2-2. Federer fixed that two games later, scoring a break when Nalbandian hit a forehand long before holding at love to open a 5-2 lead.

Serving for the set at 5-3, the Swiss landed a service winner, taking the opener in 34 minutes. He continued the same way in set number two. Roger earned a break with a beautiful backhand crosscourt winner in the third game, moving closer to the finish line.

Both players served well in the rest of the encounter. Roger sealed the deal with three winners at 5-4, securing his third straight Basel crown with a forehand winner and becoming the first three-time champion since Stefan Edberg in 1988.

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