At 34, Roger Federer is still sharp. Ranked top-seed in the tournament, Federer did justice to his name by beating old rival Rafael Nadal in three sets to clinch the Swiss Indoors open.
The last five encounters between the duo were won by the Spaniard. Federer had sweet revenge on Sunday by winning 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in the finals. The Swiss took just over 2 hours to complete his win.
This is Federer’s 88th career title and the sixth trophy of the season. He has 17 Grand Slam wins under his belt.
The final was evenly poised in the final set, as Federer rode on his ground-stroke winners to break Nadal’s serve in the pivotal 8th game to lead 5-3. Nadal still has a 23-11 head-to-head win record against the world’s No 3 Swiss. He also leads 14-7 in tournament finals.
The former World No 1 was once a ball boy in this Swiss Indoors. The Spaniard won the Australian Open semifinals in 2014 in straight sets, the last time the two met in an encounter.
Earlier, Alexander Peya of Austria and Brazil’s Bruno Soares won the doubles’ title by beating Briton Jamie Murray and his Australian partner John Peers 7-5 7-5 in the finals.