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Monday, 29 October 2018

Federer stuns fans with incredible victory speech


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Swiss tennis great Roger Federer has left fans in awe after he delivered his victory speech as the Swiss Indoors tournament in three separate languages.

Federer claimed his 99th career title with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 victory over Marius Copil in Basel, but it was his post-game speech, which was delivered in Swiss-German, French and English that left fans stunned.

After delivering the majority of his speech in his native tongue, Federer thanked fans in English.

"For those who do not speak such good German and Swiss-German, thank you very much for coming," he said.

"Thanks for supporting me this week. It’s been a magical week for me and I can’t thank you enough.

"It was a dream run for me so thank you everybody for coming out."

Federer then turned his attention to his French fans, fulfilling a promise he had made them.

"I made a promise to my fans to say a few words in French as well so here we are," he said in French.

The 37-year-old was a break down in both sets against the Romanian qualifier who set up the match by upsetting second seed Alexander Zverev in the last four.

However, Federer rallied to maintain his four-year unbeaten run in the tournament in his home city, claiming victory in an hour and 33 minutes.

The title is Federer's first in more than four months since winning on grass at Stuttgart in June.

Federer's 151st singles final on the ATP tour shaped as one of his biggest mismatches by ranking. He has never lost a final to an opponent ranked below No. 87.

His ninth title at his hometown event where he was once a ball boy, has now matched the nine he won at the Halle grass-court event in Germany.

He closed the gap on the all-time singles titles list to Jimmy Connors, who leads with 109.

It was also a great week for Copil, currently ranked No. 93, who is in line to rise above his career-best ranking of No. 73 when the new list is published on Monday.

"I came through qualifying and I didn't know what to expect but here I am," said the 28-year-old Copil.

"Hopefully now I can push my career up with a new place in the rankings."

Swiss tennis great Roger Federer has left fans in awe after he delivered his victory speech as the Swiss Indoors tournament in three separate languages.

Federer claimed his 99th career title with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 victory over Marius Copil in Basel, but it was his post-game speech, which was delivered in Swiss-German, French and English that left fans stunned.

After delivering the majority of his speech in his native tongue, Federer thanked fans in English.

"For those who do not speak such good German and Swiss-German, thank you very much for coming," he said.

"Thanks for supporting me this week. It’s been a magical week for me and I can’t thank you enough.

"It was a dream run for me so thank you everybody for coming out."

Federer then turned his attention to his French fans, fulfilling a promise he had made them.

"I made a promise to my fans to say a few words in French as well so here we are," he said in French.

The 37-year-old was a break down in both sets against the Romanian qualifier who set up the match by upsetting second seed Alexander Zverev in the last four.

However, Federer rallied to maintain his four-year unbeaten run in the tournament in his home city, claiming victory in an hour and 33 minutes.

The title is Federer's first in more than four months since winning on grass at Stuttgart in June.

Federer's 151st singles final on the ATP tour shaped as one of his biggest mismatches by ranking. He has never lost a final to an opponent ranked below No. 87.

His ninth title at his hometown event where he was once a ball boy, has now matched the nine he won at the Halle grass-court event in Germany.

He closed the gap on the all-time singles titles list to Jimmy Connors, who leads with 109.

It was also a great week for Copil, currently ranked No. 93, who is in line to rise above his career-best ranking of No. 73 when the new list is published on Monday.

"I came through qualifying and I didn't know what to expect but here I am," said the 28-year-old Copil.

"Hopefully now I can push my career up with a new place in the rankings."

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