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Federer wins Swiss Indoors for ninth time

Roger Federer beat the Romanian qualifier Marius Copil to claim the Swiss Indoors title for the ninth time.
Roger Federer beat the Romanian qualifier Marius Copil to claim the Swiss Indoors title for the ninth time. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Roger Federer hoisted the 99th title of his glittering career in his home town of Basel on Sunday with a straight sets win over the Romanian journeyman Marius Copil. It finished 7-6, 6-4 to the 37-year-old Swiss who was once a ball boy at the Swiss Indoors at the St Jakobshalle.

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Copil, 28, ranked 93rd in the world started the final as the overwhelming underdog.

But he had shown teeth during the week in Basel. He emerged from the qualifiers into the main draw and then dispatched top 10 fixtures Marin Cilic and Alex Zverev.

He traded breaks with Federer before the local hero snaffled the tiebreak seven points to five.

But Federer took his foot off the gas early in the second set allowing Copil to establish a 4-1 advantage.

But the veteran clawed his way back to 4-4 and broke again to lead 5-4.

The title seemed imminent when Federer surged into a 30-lead. But Copil extended the suspense with three straight points to hold a break point.

Federer saved it and wrapped up the victory to claim the crown for the ninth time.

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