Roger Federer to face Alex De Minaur in final of Swiss Indoors in Basel

Swiss fans welcome their hero - who is on course for yet another title
Swiss fans welcome their hero - who is on course for yet another title

Roger Federer showed the benefits of a serene week in Switzerland as he booked a place in the final of the Swiss Indoors.

A nine-time winner of the event, Federer will be a heavy favourite to make it 10 after Saturday's 6-4 6-3 defeat of the dangerous Stefanos Tsitsipas.

No doubt that Federer's path to the semi-finals helped - he was handed a walkover in the quarters having not been tested in either of the previous two rounds, whereas Tsitsipas had been taken the distance in both matches since a hard-fought win in the opening round.

Still, this was an excellent display from the 38-year-old, who was superb behind his second serve and didn't allow his younger opponent a single break point until what proved to be the final game of the match.

Federer on the other hand had six chances against his opponent's serve in the first set, taking one of them, and soon took control of the second set as he reached the final in under 80 minutes.

He will again have a freshness advantage on Sunday, opponent Alex De Minaur having been on court for more than two-and-a-half hours as he beat Reilly Opelka 7-6 6-7 7-6 in a punishing contest.

A winner in China last month, his third ATP Tour title and all having come this season, the young Australian has a bright future - but Sunday's challenge, his first meeting with Federer, looks an immense one.

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