Emotional Roger Federer claims Basel title to close in on Jimmy Connors’ record

Roger Federer celebrates

Roger Federer has won his 99th career title, overcoming Marius Copil in Basel.

The Swiss legend has was a break down in both sets against the Romanian qualifier, but rallied to claim a 7-6 6-4 win – as well as his ninth title at his hometown tournament.

“It’s been a magical week. It was dream run for me,” Federer said.

It was Federer’s 151st singles final on the ATP Tour, and the win sees him close in on Jimmy Connors’ all-time record of 109 titles.

Copil will not be too disappointed either, with a significant jump to 73 in the world ranking imminent following his excellent showing.

“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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