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Roger Federer struggles to impress home critics after Swiss Indoors victory

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Roger Federer won the Swiss Indoors title on Sunday

Federer edged Del Potro 6-7 6-4 6-3 in Basel to claim his 96th career trophy.

It was also his eighth title in the Swiss Indoors – his hometown tournament.

But the critics were left far from impressed by Federer’s performance in the final, with one admitted he ‘struggled’ on the hard court.

Federer is Switzerland’s sporting darling but at 36 the tennis great is beginning to show signs of his age.

And that reality check proved too much for some in the Swiss media.

The New Zurich Times collated the very best of the criticism of Federer’s final win.

Roger Federer looks emotional and close to tears after winning Swiss Indoors

Sun, October 29, 2017

Roger Federer looked very emotional after beating Juan Martin del Potro in the final of the Swiss Indoors




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Roger Federer looked very emotional after winning the Swiss Indoors final

Tages Woche claimed: “Basel experienced a completely different Roger Federer. Not the sovereign, fleet-footed Federer, who is so graceful on the fore and backhand.

“Part of us was dissatisfied with his game and the other relieved because he was in danger of losing something he was interested in: the success at the home tournament, in front of his Basel audience, which has been at his feet for years.”

Luzerner Zeitung reported: ”When Federer was broken in the third set, he did something unusual for him: he shouted, slamming his racket against his seat. It seemed like a wake-up call, even to the viewers.

“Federer became more constant and Del Potro let up. It was 6-7 6-4 6-3 in the end. And Del Potro knew why: Federer was the one who "made the important points".

“There was a question of his state of health after four tournaments in succession.

“Del Potro had the lead in their last match of the US Open, and beat Federer in the Basel finals of 2012 and 2013. Del Potro was the only one to break Federer's dominance at his home tournament. Even so, yesterday's win was not a matter of course for Federer.”

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Roger Federer smashes the net with his racket in frustration

And BZ Basel claim Federer only won after overcoming the emotional distraction of playing in front of his home fans.

“You might think all of this – the trophies, the honours, the same speeches – would eventually become a habit,” they wrote.

“But not for someone like Federer. Nineteen years after his first participation, he seems insatiable. Only today it is less the hunt for trophies that drives him. Rather, the intoxication of emotions.

“The final was not a show. He lost the first set after a 3-0 lead in the tie-break.

“In the third he struggled and went a break down. It was fight with his opponent, but also with himself.”

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