Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Federer beats Medvedev to reach 14th final at Swiss Indoors

Federer beats Medvedev to reach 14th final at Swiss Indoors

Speaking at the Swiss Indoors tournament, where he will play in today's final against Romanian qualifier Marius Copil, the world No. 3 said given the impossibly short time frame to make a decision, he opted out of any commitment.

Federer has not hit top form all week in Basel and he needed more than two-and-a-half hours to hold off the troublesome French veteran.

"It's very hard for me to explain how it feels like".

Apart from his absence in 2016, Federer has reached every final of the event since 2006.

Copil will face Federer in Sunday's final after the No. 1 seed cruised to a straight-sets win over Daniil Medvedev in the second semifinal.

"I did it for two years and then I gave them all a medal and thanked them for their efforts and I felt like I was looking at myself in some ways you know when Wayne Ferreira and other great players gave me my first medal here in Basel".

It remains to be seen if he will play Paris Masters - the season's final Masters 1000 tournament, starting Monday. Copil stands 2-0 over potential opponent Medvedev but has never played Federer.

"I'm always happy when I win, I'm happy I fought through like this", said Federer after the victory.

Copil fired 26 aces past Zverev and never dropped serve, clinching after 2 1/2 hours with a forehand volley victor to break Zverev for the second time in the semifinal.

The 28-year-old Copil came to Basel with career prize money - $1.67 million - significantly less than Federer earned just for winning the Australian Open in January. "Before coming here, I was fighting and struggling to have the (ranking) points to finish in the top 100, and that was in my mind".

"I was trying to win one or two matches here just to stay there but now, being in the final, it's an unbelievable achievement for me".

Federer might have expected a genuine examination from seventh seed Medvedev in the last four, but the hometown favourite ultimately cruised towards a meeting with the unseeded Marius Copil, who stunned Alexander Zverev.

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