Swiss Indoors: the Mecca of world-class tennis
After more than two and a half hours, Canadian Vasek Pospisil (pictured) came crashing down to Earth along with his dreams. Beaten by Roger Federer. However, the experts agree that the defeated Pospisil will soon substantially improve his ranking (ATP 40). Just like last year, the final will be a blockbuster duel between top-ten heroes Juan-Martin Del Potro and Roger Federer. The Swiss has a comfortable lead in head-to-head results, with 13 victories to Del Potro's 4. But beware: the Argentine won their two previous contests in 2012, at the Masters in London and in Basel by a score of 6:4, 6:7, 7:6. It should not be taken for granted that an ATP 500 series event has delivered such a high-calibre final for two years in succession. Five top-ten stars were amongst the starting line-up in Basel. Three of them were eliminated early on in the tournament and two made it through to the final. That's just the way its goes in the highest echelons of the brutally competitive sport of men's tennis. It's the performance that counts, nothing else. This year's unofficial consolation prize goes to the Czech, Tomas Berdych: the number 2 lost his opening match against Croat Karlovic after failing to convert a match point and despite not facing a single break point.