The Swiss Roger Federer, world number three, qualified on Saturday to play his fifteenth final tournament in Basel, his hometown, where he aspires to achieve a tenth title.
Federer won a double 6-4 in the second semifinal on Saturday to Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, number seven of the ATP ranking. The legendary Swiss tennis player had gained access to this round without the need to play in the quarterfinals, due to the loss of his compatriot Stan Wawrinka.
In the final, Federer will face the young Australian Alex De Miñaur (28th in the world), who defeated American Reilly Opelka (37th) in a balanced match 7-6 (7/2), 6-7 (4/7) and 7-6 (7/3).
De Miñaur was born in Sydney 20 years ago, from an Uruguayan father and a Spanish mother.
At 38, Federer will, therefore, be the big favorite to be crowned again in ‘his’ Basel tournament and add a 103rd title in the ATP circuit.
It would be the fourth of this 2019, after having been champion in Dubai, Miami, and Halle.
It would also be the fourth title of the year for De Miñaur, which until this year had not won any and that in the current season lifted the trophy in Sydney, Atlanta, and Zhuhai.
The tournament in the Swiss city of Basel is played on a hard surface and distributes more than two million euros in prizes.