Roger Federer vs Alex de Minaur - Finals - Basel Open - Preview and Prediction
It is a clash of generations once again as World number 3, Roger Federer takes on number 28, Alex de Minaur in the Basel Open finals tonight.
- Federer is chasing a record 10th Basel title and 103rd career title
- Federer and de Minaur are playing against each other for the first time
- Federer is on a 23-match winning streak in Basel
- The Aussie has lost only one set so far in the tournament
- Federer has not lost any set this year in Basel
- Interestingly, both Federer and De Minaur have won three titles each this year
- Federer has won 50 matches in 2019
- Since 2003, only Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin Del Potro have beaten Federer in Basel
- Federer is aiming for a hat-trick of titles in Basel
The Swiss maestro has been unstoppable in this tournament so far. He dismantled Peter Gojowczyk and Radu Albot in straight sets. Three-time grand-slam champion, Stan Wawrinka, gave a walkover due to a back injury in the quarterfinals. This enabled Federer to recharge his batteries ahead of the semis.
Classic shots were witnessed in a battle of equals. Stefanos Tsitsipas, who started off brightly, lost steam with repeated unforced errors. The brutal "down-the-line backhand" and precise overhead smashes enabled Federer to gain control as he won 6-4 6-4.
Australian, de Minaur, has had a dream year so far. Amazing court coverage, attacking gameplay and control of nerves has been his strengths. The Australian's maturity and big-match play have been impressive.
“It was nice to come out strong, it was a really intense 35 or 40 minutes to start, I had a good middle section which gave me the first set and the lead in the second set, and never looked back, it’s hard to believe that I am in another Basel final. It’s super exciting", said Federer reflecting his close win against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinals.
"I can’t wait, it’s my first time here in Basel and it’s been a hell of an experience, I have got my friends with me, so it’s a little bit different and it’s been paying off, I am really looking forward to coming out and having some fun," said De Minaur after triumphing in three tiebreakers against Reilly Opelka in the semifinals.
Whatever be the outcome, the clash between the Old Guard and the Next-Gen has captivated tennis to a higher level.
Federer is proving his critics that age is just a number. He continues to motivate everyone through his longevity and fitness.
A top 20 spot awaits de Minaur after this tournament. With history on the line, he has to play the best match of his life to have a chance against Federer.
Roger Federer to win in three sets
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