Federer beats Djokovic in Swiss Indoors

Nov. 7, 2010 at 11:29 AM
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BASEL, Switzerland, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Roger Federer topped Novak Djokovic in three sets Sunday and won his fourth Swiss Indoors tennis title in five years.

Federer, No. 2 in the world, defeated the third-ranked Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in a rematch of the 2009 Swiss Indoors final. Djokovic won that match, ending Federer's string of Swiss Indoors titles from 2006-08. Federer improved to 12-6 -- including 3-1 this year -- lifetime against Djokovic.

There were two service breaks in the first two sets. Federer won the first set behind a third-game break and Djokovic evened the match by breaking Federer's serve in the second game of the second set.

But Federer converted two breaks in the third set, taking the fourth and sixth games from Djokovic and then serving out at love for the match. Federer lost only one point on serve in the third set.

It was the 65th ATP title for Federer, which broke with Pete Sampras a tie for fourth on the all-time tournament championships list. John McEnroe (77) is third on the list. Federer has won four times this year, taking the Australian Open, the Masters event in Cincinnati and last week's Stockholm Open in Sweden.

He won $409,000 for the Swiss Indoors title and increased his 2010 winnings to $4.9 million. Djokovic, 2-2 in tournament finals this year, collected $188,000 as Sunday's runner-up.

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