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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Roger Federer targets ninth hometown title at Swiss Indoors Basel

Roger Federer headlines the Swiss Indoors Basel field as the 20-time Grand Slam champion returns to his hometown event targeting a ninth title, live on Sky Sports on Monday.
The 37-year-old returns to competitive action after his surprise semi-final defeat against Borna Coric at the Shanghai Masters earlier this month, two titles short of reaching a landmark 100th tour-level success.
Federer revealed ahead of the tournament he has suffered with a hand injury since the summer grass court season but is not using it as an excuse and will want a strong finish to the campaign, with a first season-ending ATP Finals title since 2011 a firm objective.

ATP Finals Race to London standings

1Rafael Nadal7480pts
2Novak Djokovic7445
3Juan Martin del Potro5300
4Roger Federer5160
5Alexander Zverev4770
6Marin Cilic3825
7Kevin Anderson3720
8Dominic Thiem3535
9John Isner3020
10Kei Nishikori3000
11Borna Coric2300
12Fabio Fognini2225
13Kyle Edmund2150
14Stefanos Tsitsipas2085
After an opening encounter against 2017 Paris Masters finalist Filip Krajinovic, Federer could face Australia's John Millman, who ended his hopes in stunning fashion at the US Open in September.
Millman, world No 33, will make his debut in Basel on the back of his best season on tour and will need to overcome Jan-Lennard Struff to book another meeting with Federer.
The stand-out first-round match in the draw will see Cilic meet Canada's Denis Shapovalov while Federer's countryman Stan Wawrinka is also in action against Adrian Mannarino.

Swiss Indoors Basel, seeded players

(1)Roger Federer
(2)Alexander Zverev
(3)Marin Cilic
(4)Stefanos Tsitsipas
(5)Jack Sock
(6)Marco Cecchinato
(7)Daniil Medvedev
(8)Roberto Bautista Agut
Zverev booked his return to the ATP Finals for the second year running on his way to reaching the semi-finals in Shanghai and will face Robin Haase, who has won both of the pair's last two meetings.
Tsitsipas, who will make his debut at the NextGen ATP Finals in Milan next month, live on Sky Sports, will open against Jeremy Chardy. Two-time champion and last year's finalist Juan Martin del Potro was forced to withdraw through injury.