Roger Federer defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in a straight-set semifinal match, 6-4 6-4, at the Basel's Swiss Indoors. Analyzing his win, the 38-year-old said: “It was nice to come out strong. It was a really intense 35 or 40 minutes to start.
I had a good middle section which gave me the first set and the lead in the second set, and never looked back. It’s hard to believe that I’m in another Basel final. It’s super exciting”. Federer admitted that he is getting a lot of crowd support throughout the week: “Even if I’m up a set and a break, the [crowd is] not just there when I’m down in the score and feel like I need it.
They enjoy when I’m playing good tennis and it pushes me to play even better, keep on trying every point and try to make something happen. That’s what you do with a home court advantage." The World No. 3 is set to play the Paris Masters next week as well.
Last year in the French tournament Federer reached the semifinals losing to the Serb Novak Djokovic in a stunning semifinal match which ended in the third set tie-break.