Basel Flashback: Roger Federer restores order over Novak Djokovic

Roger Federer won his fourth Basel crown in the last five years in 2010

by Jovica Ilic
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Basel Flashback: Roger Federer restores order over Novak Djokovic
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A year after losing the Basel title to Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer restored the order in 2010, winning the home event for the fourth time in the previous five years! As in 2009, Federer and Djokovic set the title clash, and the Swiss delivered a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 victory, celebrating his 65th ATP title and leaving Pete Sampras at 64.

Novak and Roger claimed straight-sets victories in the opening four matches. Roger played against no break points until the semi-final when Roddick broke him once, winning that one and setting the 18th clash against Novak. Federer scored the 12th win over the young opponent, starting all over in the decider to leave Djokovic behind.

Roger served at 58% and had six aces and four double faults. He offered five break points to Novak and fended off four to keep the pressure on the other side. Djokovic landed in 70% of the first serve and played well on the second to stay in touch with Federer in sets one and two.

Still, the Serb faded from the court in the decider, playing against eight break opportunities and suffering three breaks to finish runner-up and hand the title to the Swiss. Federer had more winners and fewer unforced errors than Djokovic, winning eight points more and matching the rival's pace in the more extended rallies.

Very little could separate them in the shortest, mid-range and most extended rallies, with only a few reaching the tenth stroke. Roger won a few points more in every department to forge his victory, dominating the decider to pick up his fourth Basel crown.

Novak fended off two break points in the encounter's first game and hit a backhand down the line winner to earn a break chance in the next one.

Roger Federer regained the Basel crown against Novak Djokovic in 2010.

Federer saved it with a service winner and did the same with the second, closing the game with a forehand drive volley to avoid an early setback.

Djokovic could not find the rhythm on serve in those moments, suffering a break in game three when Federer forced an error. The Swiss confirmed the lead with a hold at love in game four for a 3-1 advantage. Three service winners kept Federer ahead in game eight before facing a break point at 5-4 while serving for the set.

Novak sprayed a forehand error, wasting his opportunity to extend the set. Roger secured the opener with a service winner after 45 minutes, gathering a massive boost ahead of the rest of the encounter. After a shaky start, Djokovic raised his level in set number two.

He delivered an excellent hold and his first break of the match in game two when Federer sent a routine backhand long. The Serb confirmed the lead with a hold at love and controlled the scoreboard until 5-3, when he served for the set.

Roger earned a break chance, and Novak repelled it with a good serve. The young gun clinched the set with an excellent initial shot, sending the clash into a decider. Federer kicked off the action with a hold at love, repeating that in game three and breaking Novak for a 3-1 lead after Djokovic's costly double fault.

A service winner pushed Roger 4-1 in front, and he put one hand on the trophy with a break in game six that sent him further ahead. Federer served for the victory at 5-1 and sealed the deal in style after a backhand down the line winner.

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