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Federer finally wins at home


Federer finally wins at home

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BASEL, Switzerland (AP) –Top-seeded Roger Federer won a sixth Swiss Indoors title on Sunday, comfortably defeating David Goffin of Belgium in straight sets to end a run of two successive final defeats at his hometown tournament.

Federer took just 52 minutes to win 6-2, 6-2, delighting the partisan crowd as he inflicted what was only Goffin’s third defeat in 46 matches.

“I didn’t expect this kind of result but clearly I’ll take it, it’s great,” Federer said. “It’s indoors tennis, sometimes you just blow a guy out of the court and I’m happy it was me today doing that.”

The first set lasted 23 minutes as Federer dropped just one point in the final three games.

The second-ranked Federer also moved a step closer to clinching the year-end No. 1 spot for a record-equalling sixth time as he moved to less than 500 points behind Novak Djokovic, with his fifth victory of the season.

“I’m very pleased how well I’m playing,” Federer said. “It was a great final; I think I played really well. I’m full of confidence now.

“I was expecting it to be tough and him taking charge at times but I think I was really able to control the match with my serve and then with my variation on the return. I think I did really well, I was fresh today, it was again a fifth day of tennis for me in a row and I’m happy I’m able to keep it up time and time again, week after week.”

Goffin had been in remarkable form since his straight-sets defeat to Andy Murray at Wimbledon but knew it would be a tough task against a player who – as he revealed on Saturday – is still his idol.

“It was a tough match of course, against Roger in his hometown,” said Goffin, who admitted he felt the pressure of it all in the build-up.

“He is in great shape and he played so good today. It was too tough for me today. I made a lot of mistakes, I didn’t serve very well. But at the end it’s a good week for me and I’ll try to do better next time.”