Sep 2, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Roger Federer (SUI) returns a shot to Tommy Robredo (ESP) on day eight of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Federer to get Swiss finals rematch against Del Potro

It looks like Roger Federer will get a chance to avenge his loss to Juan Martin del Potro during the Swiss Indoors finals last year.

From the Associated Press,

Roger Federer set up a rematch with Juan Martin del Potro for his hometown Swiss Indoors title by beating Vasek Pospisil in a tense semifinal Saturday.

Federer advanced to his eighth straight Basel final with a 6-3, 6-7 (3), 7-5 victory over the 40th-ranked Canadian.

In order for it to be a rematch, both players obviously have to make it to the finals.

Earlier, defending champion del Potro also let the second set slip away against an unseeded opponent before beating Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

For the past few weeks, we’ve been hearing that Federer was at risk to missing the AP World Tour, which happens in just over a week. However, with a win against del Potro, Federer will qualify for the tournament that is host to the top eight players in men’s singles.

Del Potro has a 4-13 career record against Federer, though he has won their past two meetings, both on indoor hard courts at Basel and London a year ago. He also clinched his only Grand Slam title, the 2009 U.S. Open, against the Swiss star.

The rivalry between the two has been going on for a few years now, although the score is in Federer’s favor. It will be interesting to see if del Potro will be able to defend his title, or if he will give it up to the Swiss master.


Tags: Juan Martin Del Potro Roger Federer Swiss Indoors Tennis

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