After a year’s break, Roger Federer (picture), the holder of seven Swiss Indoors titles, is back in his element at Basel’s St. Jakobspark. Talking to reporters, the record grand slam title winner has made no secret of his next plans. In Basel, he will concentrate fully on the title, and afterwards the same in blue at the ATP Finals (Masters) in London. The observer can assume from this that the Swiss player’s start at the ATP Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy would appear to be hanging in the balance. And Federer also knows that in the fight for the top ranking position his chances are limited, as leader Rafael Nadal can consolidate his ATP lead out of his own efforts. Further, the world’s best technical player indicated that he would not begrudge his rival having the number one
spot. Federer hinted that he is satisfied with his form. He trained in the hall for the first time on Thursday, and was watched by FC Basel supremoes Marco Streller (head of sport) and head coach Raphael Wicky. Federer expressed respect for his first opponent, the American Frances Tiafoe. At the US Open, the young man had forced the Swiss player into a five-set thriller. Federer may well hope that Tiafoe will start less energetically in Europe than in the Big Apple.