Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal to win Swiss Indoors title
Top seed Roger Federer has defeated his old rival Rafael Nadal in three sets to claim his seventh Swiss Indoors title. Federer, 34, ended a five-match losing streak against Nadal to win 6-3 5-7 6-3 in just over two hours, in their first meeting at his home ATP event in Basel. It was the 17-time Grand Slam winner’s sixth title of the season and the 88th of his career. Third seed Nadal, 29, still has a 23-11 head-to-head record against world number three Federer.
With the match finely poised in the deciding set, Federer fired a series of winning ground strokes and broke Nadal’s service for a decisive 5-3 lead. The match was the first between Federer and Nadal since the Spaniard won their Australian Open semi-final in straight sets in January 2014.
Earlier, Britain’s Jamie Murray and Australian partner John Peers were defeated in the men’s doubles final, losing 7-5 7-5 to Alexander Peya of Austria and Brazil’s Bruno Soares.