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BASEL---Juan Martin del Potro denied
Roger Federer his hometown Swiss Indoors
title for the second straight year, winning
the final 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-4 yesterday.
The top-seeded Argentine clinched the
title when Federer could not return a forcing
"It s always a pleasure playing against
you," del Potro told Federer during the trophy
ceremony. "I know you are the hero here
and for me a big inspiration, too."
Federer had hoped the raucous support
at Basel, where he is a five-time champion,
could help revive his difficult season but
has now won just one title in the past 14
"I was lifting my level and in the end I
wasn t playing too badly," Federer said in
German, praising del Potro for "a great tour-
The sixth-ranked Swiss edged closer to
securing his place in the eight-man lineup
at the ATP World Tour Finals in London
starting a week from today.
Federer will likely confirm his London
place at the Paris Masters next week, where
he is seeded fifth and has a second-round
match against Kevin Anderson of South
Africa or Mikhail Youzhny of Russia.
Del Potro earned his fourth title this sea-
son, all on his favored hard-court surface.
He also won at Rotterdam in February,
Washington DC in August and Tokyo this
With this loss against fifth-ranked del
Potro, Federer has only one victory against
a top-10 opponent in 2013. That was back
in January, against then-No8 Jo-Wilfried
Tsonga in the Australian Open quarterfinals,
before back injuries helped hamper his sea-
The 32-year-old Federer still holds a 13-
5 career record against del Potro, but has
lost the last three including the 2012 Basel
On Sunday, Federer lost the first set
despite playing some of his best tennis this
After del Potro forced a 5-3 lead with the
first break, Federer responded with four
straight points on his opponent s serve and
shouted in triumph.
Facing two set points in the next game,
Federer hit an ace and won a long, slugging
rally that brought a yell of delight from the
sold-out crowd of 9,200.
Still, del Potro dominated the tiebreaker
helped by two net cords in his favor, and
clinched the set when Federer sent a fore-
Federer leveled the match with much less
drama in the second set, after breaking to
take a 2-0 lead with a forehand crosscourt
He broke again to clinch the set, set up
by a pinpoint forehand winner, and got a
standing ovation as he headed back to his
Federer quickly wasted the advantage of
serving first in the decider, despite saving
a break point with a leaping backhand over-
head winner after del Potro s deft lob. He
double-faulted to give del Potro a second
opportunity and then hit a forehand long.
Del Potro spurned a good opening to lead
5-2 when he netted a forehand approaching
the net after Federer s drop shot sat up
Serving for the match, del Potro hit an
ace to set up three match points, and con-
verted the second with strong ground strokes
to move Federer around the court.
Del Potro improved to 48-13 this season
and earned 348,000 euros ($480,000) for
Federer, now 40-14 in 2013, was playing
his first final since winning the low-key
grass-court event in June at Halle, Ger-
He remains tied with John McEnroe on
77 career singles titles, third most during
the 45-year Open era. Jimmy Connors has
109 titles and Ivan Lendl has 94.
VALENCIA---Mikhail Youzhny claimed his 10th
career title by beating top-seeded David Ferrer 6-
3, 7-5 yesterday to win the Valencia Open.
The 31-year-old Russian dominated the No3-
ranked Ferrer throughout, breaking the defending
champion and local favorite four times on the indoor
Youzhny picked the Spaniard apart with well-
placed ground strokes early on, breaking twice to
take the first set. Ferrer appeared to have recovered
with a break in the second, but Youzhny broke back
and the Spaniard then started to berate himself after
Youzhny, meanwhile, methodically kept hitting his
shots and broke Ferrer a final time to go up 6-5 before
serving out the match.
"It was a great week for me and a great tourna-
ment," Youzhny said. "It was a great atmosphere. I
felt nobody was against me, of course they were for
David, but when I played well they applauded me."
It was his second title of the season after winning
at Gstaad in July.
Youzhny finished runner-up here to Andy Murray
Ferrer was vying to add to his three titles at Valencia,
which is close to where he was born. After winning
titles in Auckland and Buenos Aires, Ferrer has now
lost six straight finals.
Serena Williams summoned up the ener-
gy to fight back from a set down to defeat
Li Na and cap a remarkable season by
retaining her WTA Championships title.
The American described herself as having
hit a wall after a strange performance in
beating Jelena Jankovic in the semi-finals,
and first-time finalist Li dominated the first
set.But Williams found her game in the sec-
ond and then romped through the decider
to win 2-6 6-3 6-0 after two hours and
The match was watched by a record crowd
of 16,457, the highest in the three years the
season-ending tournament has been held
at Istanbul s Sinan Erdem Dome.
The trophy is the 11th Williams has col-
lected in a year that has earned her more
than $12 million---only Novak Djokovic has
ever won more prize money in a single sea-
The initial signs did not look good for
Williams. She was serving often well below
100mph and her movement was decidedly
But her biggest problem was how well
her opponent was playing.
Li has had a consistently very good season
and her victory over Petra Kvitova on Sat-
urday guaranteed she will finish the season
at a career-high of number three in the
The Chinese player had a spring in her
step and her fizzing groundstrokes and clever
placement were simply too much for
Williams to handle.
After losing the first game, Li reeled off
five games in a row and Williams had to
save two set points to stop her making that
Li double-faulted on her third chance but
at the fourth time of asking she clinched
the set---the first she had won against
Williams for four and a half years.
In their last meeting in the US Open
semi-finals, Li managed just three games,
but she vowed not to let herself be beaten
before she walked on to the court this time.
The opening game of the second set was
a long one and a key one, with Williams
saving a break point and letting out a yell
of come on .
She then broke Li s serve for the first time
before holding for 3-0, her serve now back
to something like normal speed and her feet
slightly less leaden.
eighth game cost her and Williams showed
composure to save two break points before
levelling the match.
The start of the decider was crucial and
it was Williams who gained the early advan-
tage, a costly double fault from Li handing
the American a break.
And from there it was one-way traffic,
Williams completing a run of nine games
in a row with a backhand winner down the
line before sinking to her knees in elation
The 32-year-old beat her own record
from last year to become the event s oldest
winner, and extended her winning streak
at the championships to 15 matches.
Del Potro denies Federer
in Swiss Indoors final
Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro raises
the trophy after winning the final match
against Switzerland's Roger Federer during
the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the
St Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
Mikhail Youzhny from Russia returns a ball during
the final match against David Ferrer from Spain, at
the ATP 500 World Tour Valencia Open tennis
tournament at the agora building of the Ciudad de
las Artes y las Ciencias in Valencia, Spain, yesterday.
Serena beats Li Na for WTA title
Serena Williams of the US reacts after she
returned a shot to Li Na of China during
their final tennis match at the WTA
Championship in Istanbul, Turkey,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
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