Tennis - Del Potro stuns Federer to win Basel title

Juan Martin del Potro, beaten in his six previous meetings with Roger Federer this year, turned the tables on the world number one to win a memorable Basel ATP final on Sunday.

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Juan Martin Del Potro celebrates winning the Swiss Indoors (Reuters)

Two of the three sets went to tie-breaks with the towering Argentine eventually winning 6-4 6-7 7-6 to claim his second title in as many weeks following his win in Vienna one week ago.

The two were meeting for the first time since their epic Olympic Games semi-final when Federer eventually won in a 36-game final set.

There was no quarter given this time, either, in a match featuring long baseline rallies and with Del Potro managing the only service break in the fifth game of the first set.

Del Potro pipped the hometown favourite in a third set tie-break to deny him a 77th ATP Tour title with what was an inspired performance on the indoor surface.

The 31-year-old Federer was contesting the final of the Swiss Indoors for the ninth time, but he was unable to secure his seventh Tour title of the season.

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