Roger Federer practices in Basel, seeking the tenth title in hometown

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Roger Federer practices in Basel, seeking the tenth title in hometown

At the age of 38, Roger Federer is still among the best players in the world, claiming three titles so far in 2019 and missing the opportunity to lift the 21st Major crown at Wimbledon after that heartbreaking loss to Novak Djokovic.

After the runner-up campaign at the All England Club, Roger suffered an early defeat in Cincinnati and the quarter-final of the US Open, enjoying a thrilling week in Geneva at the Laver Cup and failing to reach the semis in Shanghai when Alexander Zverev toppled him in three sets.

Eager to finish the season on a high note, Roger traveled back home to Basel, preparing for the 19th campaign at the Swiss Indoors after making a debut there in 1998 at the age of 17! Roger is the nine-time champion in his hometown, seeking the tenth crown next week to become only the second player in the Open era with multiple tournaments with at least ten ATP titles after Rafael Nadal.

Federer practiced in Basel on Friday, shaping up his shots and hoping to extend the winning streak of 20 triumphs in front of the partisan crowd. After two early losses at the beginning of his Basel journey, Roger reached the final in 2000, losing to Thomas Enqvist in five sets and suffering another failure in the title match a year later when Tim Henman proved to be too strong.

The home star couldn't reach the final in 2002 and 2003, skipping the hometown event in the next two seasons and rattling off an incredible run since 2006, scoring 57 victories in the last 60 encounters in Basel and claiming nine titles from 12 consecutive finals!

Federer went all the way in 2006, 2007 and 2008, halted by Novak Djokovic in 2009 before beating the Serb and Kei Nishikori in 2010 and 2011 to reign supreme again. Juan Martin del Potro spoiled Roger's party in the final in 2012 and 2013, standing as the last player who has managed to overpower Federer at his favorite venue, with the Swiss conquering four titles in a row to rattle off 20 consecutive victories since 2014, hoping to lift another trophy next Sunday.