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Del Potro beats Federer in Basel final

Juan Martin del Potro took Roger Federer's Swiss Indoors title on Sunday, beating the hometown favorite 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-3) in the final.

Del Potro showed an impressive all-around game to help avenge a heartbreaking loss to Federer in the Olympics Games semifinals in August.

There was no quarter given this time, either, in a match featuring long baseline rallies peppered with some stunning winners from both players.

Del Potro also lost to Federer in the quarter-finals of the Australian and French Opens, the Rotterdam final, the Indian Wells quarter-final and the Dubai semi-finals this year.

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"My serve worked, my forehand worked. It was really close, but this time in my favor, finally, after six losses and two big losses at the Olympic Games and Roland Garros," world number eight Del Potro told reporters.

"It's my turn," added Del Potro, who has edged his way back towards the top despite a series of injuries including a wrist problem which forced him to miss most of the 2010 season.

"Very few players beat Federer and it shows me that I am getting closer to get the ones at the top."

Del Potro, who has beaten Federer three times in 16 attempts including the 2009 U.S. Open final, managed the only service break of the entire match in the fifth game of the first set.

Federer, who has won five of his seven finals in his Basel hometown, had to wait until the second game of the second set for his first break point which he failed to convert.

"I didn't play a good tiebreaker in the third and that was the story of the match," said Federer, offering generous praise to his opponent who won the 2009 U.S. Open then sustained a serious wrist injury. "I definitely think he is right there again."

Federer later pulled out of his defense of the Paris Masters, which starts Monday, to rest and prepare for the ATP World Tour Finals in London the following week.


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