Swiss Indoors: Roger Federer reaches semis after being stretched by Gilles Simon

Swiss Indoors: Roger Federer reaches semis after being stretched by Gilles Simon

Roger Federer won his ninth Swiss Indoors crown on Sunday after beating Romanian qualifier Marius Copil in the final on Sunday.

The 28-year-old Romanian turned in a gritty performance against world number five Zverev, serving and volleying and mixing up his shots from behind the baseline to prevent the German from finding any sort of rhythm.

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.

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

"I would love for it to be the beginning of my career at this level", said Copil, who played his first tour-level match in 2009.

Copil dropped to 0-2 in career finals, also losing this year in the championship match at Sofia. "I'm always happy when I win, I'm happy I fought through like this", Federer said.

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

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However, it wasn't a smooth ride for the 20-time grand slam victor as he dropped his serve five times and was only 59 per cent accurate on his usually sharp first delivery.

There were five breaks of serve in the second set with three of those claimed by Simon as the Frenchman rallied to even out the scoreboard.

Federer dominated the 20th-ranked Medvedev and had his first match-point chance to break serve again at 5-1.

It took top seed Federer just 19 minutes to secure the opening set against Medvedev.

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.

The third set looked like going Federer's way, with the seed breaking in the second game, but losing serve in the seventh. But he finally lost his nerve in the 12th game when two unforced errors in a row handed Federer the match.

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