Roger Federer has defeated Novak Djokovic in three sets to claim his 65th career title in Basel, a tournament where he was once a ball kid. Federer’s twin daughters Charlene and Myla “watched” on as their father won 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 – the first time the girls have sat courtside with Mirka.
Djokovic was happy with most of his performance, except for his lack of focus in the third set which allowed Federer to escape with the lead.
“It’s obviously a beautiful moment. It’s always very emotional and just a good feeling; I’m very happy. I’ve had a great history here. I can’t believe I’ve been in the final so many times and I’ve won already four times. I couldn’t be more happy today. I have to back it up now. I’ve played three straight finals in a row; I’ve won titles back-to-back in Stockholm and Basel. Now I have a couple of days off and a travel day as well to get to Paris and play well there and it’s only then that the focus will really shift to London. I’d like to keep it up and play well in Paris and see how it goes from there.
Today obviously was the most dangerous match, I was playing the best player in the tournament. I had a tough final last year, pretty similar to this one this year, but it just went my way in the third set. We always play very athletic against one another, I always think it’s really close, they can go either way, so I’m happy I won the last three of the four. I had match point at the US Open and that one hurt, but look, this one makes up for it big time.”