Omni Sports: Federer to face Romanian qualifier Copil in Basel final

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Roger was magnificent behind his first serve, winning 32 out of 34 points and saving three out of five break points, creating the same number of chances on the other side and converting three to wrap up the win in straight sets and made his crowd erupting in joy.

In Austria, fifth seed Nishikori beat Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 6-4 6-3, while South African world number eight Anderson saw off Spain's Fernando Verdasco 6-3 3-6 6-4.

The title seemed imminent when Federer surged into a 30-lead. "Just walking out for a Basel finals was always my dream, already just playing on centre court was a thrill".

Tennis champ Roger Federer says he was given an impossibly short time frame to make a decision on whether he would commit to the new-look Davis Cup.

"I'm very happy. I think it was my best performance this week", Federer said.

It still took him four match points over three games to get the job done against a player he beat in three sets in the first round of the Shanghai Masters this month.

It's the second final of the year for Copil.

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He needed 44 minutes to claim the opening set but was brought back to level-pegging as Zverev won the second in a tiebreaker.

"It would be great to win my 99th career title here in Basel".

Just as Federer looked to be settling into form after almost 30 unforced errors in the opening set, more disruption ensued.

Copil will be competing in the biggest match of his career after overcoming second seed Zverev, with the Romanian having dropped just one set this week. He has never lost a final to an opponent ranked below No. 87.

There were four consecutive breaks of serve during an erratic second set, but a big forehand victor earned Simon a crucial third break and a 5-4 lead that he did not relinquish.

Federer put the pressure on Simon's serve after battling back from 15-40 down in the 10th game and Simon crumbled with two straight errors.

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