Read more about sharing. Federer's win moved him within 1, points of Spanish world number one Rafael Nadal before the final regular-season event. But the year-old will not play in Paris, all but ending his chances of ending the year top of the rankings. Federer, an eight-time winner in Basel, has won seven titles in Having won in Stockholm last week, the world number 19 was targeting back-to-back titles in Basel but the year-old remains one place behind Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta.
Full printable. Federer leads the H2H , both wins coming in straight sets but they were fairly competitive. Gojowczyk is a hard hitter off both wings so is capable of reeling off points quickly which means he's dangerous on a slicker indoor court where sets can be over in the blink of an eye.
However, I'd expect Fed to play up the court, taking time away on the German's forehand which is quite a big swing.
Once he gets ahead in the point he'll force Gojowcyck into too many low percentage plays and I expect a straight sets win. Lajovic made the Quarterfinals in Moscow this week whereas Albot lost in the first round in Stockholm so based on the form I'd pick Lajovic to come through.
The two have never played and although Albot has more singles match wins this season I think the Serb can play a higher level of tennis, somewhat confirmed with his 4 top 10 wins compared to Albot's zero. As for who Federer would rather face, there's not a whole lot to separate them.
He met Albot for the first time this year in Miami and dropped a set whereas he's never dropped a set to Lajovic in their two meetings, both on grass. But I think Albot is easier to boss around so you'd probably pick him as the preferred opponent.
For the quarter-finals, Antwerp finalist Stan Wawrinka is the projected opponent. Stan has had a good week over in Belgium but he's never really performed well in Federer's stronghold. The fellow Swiss has an losing record at the St Jakobshalle and he last made the semi-finals back in I quite like Dan Evan's chances to come through that quarter to make the last eight and he can mix it with the best of them if he serves well.
Into the semi-finals, Tsitsipas is the 3rd seed in this half and comes in after a solid post Laver Cup showing with a final in Beijing and a semi-final in Shanghai to his name.
The Swiss hasn't faced the Greek since Dubai so it'd be an interesting encounter and you'd fancy the Stefansos to run him close given his level of late.
As for the finals, Sascha Zverev is the top seed in the other half and he heads into Basel with confidence having beaten Federer in Shanghai. However, he doesn't have a cakewalk to the final with Goffin, Cilic and Bautista Agut in this half but the motivation to try and defend his London title should give him that little extra boost so I expect him to come through.
What do you guys think of the draw? Predictions for Federer? Let me know in the comments. Jonathan Huge fan of Roger Federer.
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