Swiss Indoors in Basel has been the most successful tournament in Roger Federer's career besides Halle. In both events, the Swiss has won ten titles, including this year defeating Alex De Minaur in a straight-set final.
"I could play against so many fantastic players, with home advantage, that was pretty cool," said Federer in an interview to Tages Anzeiger. "There were many highlights: When I went out there for the first time to play the qualification.
How I beat Lleyton Hewitt (2000) and at the end, all the seat cushions were thrown on the court as the delight in the hall was so tremendous. Then the first victory in the final and all those close final victories against Djokovic, Del Potro, Nadal."
Federer recalled his journey at the Swiss Indoors in Basel. The Swiss player reached the final for the first time in 2006 and recalling that loss, to the Brit Tim Henman, Federer said: "I (had) already lost in the finals the year before and thought: I can get him, now it‘s my turn.
He beat me in straight sets which were a shock. I thought: Oh God, I will never win here. During the trophy ceremony, I would have loved to disappear in a hole," the world No. 3 confessed. If someone told you then: "No problem, you are going to win here at least nine titles…?" "I would have said to him: No chance.
I will never win here, that‘s the way how it looks. I was young and wanted to win desperately. Until I realized that I have to work more businesslike and take one match after the other."