The Swiss Indoors Basel will not take place for the second straight year due to the pandemic, as the organizers can’t deal with all the issues during that week. The 50th edition at the St. Jakobs-Halle should have occurred between October 23-31, and the organizers will prepare everything for the fall of 2022, hoping to continue where they left in 2019 and stage the world’s best players again. The ATP Tour visited Basel for the first time in 1975 and has stayed in this picturesque town ever since, attracting some of the biggest names in the world of tennis. Bjorn Borg, Guillermo Vilas, Ivan Lendl, Stefan Edberg, Jim Courier, John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Pete Sampras, Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro had all celebrated in Basel in the past. The hometown hero Roger Federer has stolen the glory from all of them, winning ten titles and advancing into 13 straight finals since 2006!
Following the tenth ATP title in Halle claimed in June 2019, Federer achieved the milestone at another favorite event, conquering the tenth trophy in Basel after a dominant 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Alex de Minaur on October 27. The encounter lasted 67 minutes, and the Swiss was the only player on the court in his 15th title match in front of the home fans, taking all the weapons away from Alex and delivering fury from his initial shot and groundstrokes. Roger stormed over the youngster and stood tall almost two decades after playing for the title for the first time at 19! Experiencing no problems behind the initial shot, Federer mounted the pressure on the other side of the net, took almost half of the return points and seized four breaks from ten opportunities to give the crowd something to cheer about.
The Swiss Indoors Basel will stay away from the calendar for the second year.
Roger needed three deuces to hold in the match’s first game and earned a break with a smash winner in game four that pushed him 3-1 in front. The Swiss confirmed the advantage with an ace and closed the set with another break at 5-2 when Alex netted a forehand. Using his backhand and slice, Roger grabbed a break in the second set’s second game to move further in front. De Minaur finally did more on the return in game seven, leading 30-0 and reaching deuce before Roger fired two good serves to bring it home and force the rival to serve for staying in the final. Eager to cross the finish line as soon as possible, Federer clinched another break at 5-2 to lift the season’s fourth title and the 103rd of his glorious career.
“Many questions remain unanswered, and at this stage, there is no time left for further consideration,” says tournament president Roger Brennwald, who adds, “Planning and securing a major event for the fall, as things stand today, involves considerable uncertainty. After careful consideration, we came to a decision, in mutual agreement with the ATP, that a successful staging of the Swiss Indoors in its usual format, with thousands of spectators per day, all of whom will be indoors, cannot be guaranteed. But we owe this to all parties involved, to the players, fans and sponsors.”