Swiss tennis legend, Roger Federer needed just 67 minutes to stave off Alex De Minaur in the final of the Swiss Indoors Basel Open 2019. The final score was 6-2, 6-2, as the 20-year old Australian was outclassed by the veteran.
Afterwards, during the presentation ceremony, Roger Federer was completely overcome with emotion. Speaking immediately after the match, he said, “I would have never thought to win here 10 times, not even one, so it‘s very special. Thank you everyone, hope to see you all next year!“
Describing his match, he said, “It was fast but very nice. I think I played a great match. It was a tough opener at the beginning. The first five games we had some great rallies.”
“Then I sort of never looked back honestly. I was great on the offence. Made very few unforced errors, came up with the big shots and served well when I had to. That was good.”
“I thought Alex played well, great tournament as well and I think we can both be very happy. What a moment for me to win my tenth title in Basel.”
He is now six short of the men’s title record held by American Jimmy Connors (109).
Prior to the clash, Roger Federer was all praises for Alex De Minaur. In fact, he even compared him to Lleyton Hewitt, especially in terms of his defence.
Roger Federer said, “Lleyton revolutionized tennis by proving that it was possible to win from the baseline on fast surfaces, especially in the defensive game where he played passing shots or the extra lob to win the point.”
“Like Lleyton, Alex plays a lot flat [shots] and uses the power of his opponent to hurt, so it will be interesting to see how he manages.”
With this win, Federer has surely gone down in the history books.