Roger Federer will go for his 6th Swiss Indoors title in 7 years as the Swiss Indoors Basel ATP 500 tournament starts this week. He already holds the record for the most Swiss Indoors Singles Titles won, winning it five times in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011. He was presented with the Number 1 History-Award (inset photo) for this achievement last year.
The tournament has already seen two injury withdrawals with Murray and Chardy pulling out. Regardless, on Monday, October 22nd, at precisely 5:30pm Basel Time, the Opening Ceremony will take place focusing on 100 years of Swiss Olympics. Then, at (or after) 6:30pm, Roger, the #1 seed, will face off against qualifier Benjamin Becker (GER). If the seedings hold then Roger’s likely opponents would be as follows:
2nd Round: Bellucci/Soeda
Finals: del Potro
In the next quarter, Wawrinka, seeded 4, starts his journey with a tough one against Davydenko. Next up he could potentially meet Mathieu, then in the QFs he could face off either Benneteau/Troicki. Finally he could have yet another showdown against Federer; the two Swiss compatriots have played each other quite a few times this year, in Cincy and Shanghai.
In the bottom half of the draw, Gasquet is seeded 3. He starts off against Haase before facing Roger’s old friend Chiudinelli in the next round. In the QFs he could be up against Youzhny/Tomic before facing del Potro in the semis.
Juan Martin del Potro of course rounds off the draw seeded #2. His first round opponent is Falla. The draw gets a bit trickier going forward with an in-form Stepanek as the next round opponent. His QF could be against the big serving Anderson or 7th seed Mayer who will look to rake up points following his disappointing withdrawal from the Shanghai Masters with a rib injury. Should he be able to dispatch Gasquet in the SFs he will be on track to meet Federer in the finals. Despite not having the easiest of draws, Del Potro is riding high on confidence with a win in Vienna so he should be able to overcome the challenges to face FedEx in the finals.
And if Federer DOES make it to the finals then I would have to give him the edge. He is near untouchable in his hometown tournament and if he loses it will be due to his lack of preparation and the fatigue that seemed apparent in his sluggish movements in Shanghai. We shall know soon enough if this past week was enough for him to freshen up for this last leg of the race. Hopefully the drive to win in front of a home crowd will enable him to win a 6th Basel title.