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Federer regains hometown crown

Roger Federer beat Novak Djokovic to win the Swiss Indoors for a record fourth time and move one clear of Pete Sampras in the all-time list.

8 November 2010, 12:00am
Federer's 6-4 3-6 6-1 victory sealed a 65th ATP Tour title to move one ahead of Sampras' 64 to outright fourth in the all-time list behind Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe.

Having failed to win a title between January and August, Federer has now taken his total for 2010 to four titles, having triumphed in Stockholm a fortnight ago. But he needed three sets to overcome his rival and claim victory his home event, where he once served as a ballboy.

It was Djokovic who denied Federer a fourth consecutive title in Basel last year, and the Serbian No. 1 saved match point to deny Federer a place in the US Open final. But having got the better of Djokovic in Shanghai last month, Federer extended his head-to-head to 12 wins from 18 meetings.

Federer had not dropped a set in his previous four matches, and he grabbed an early break against Djokovic. The top seed saved all three break points he faced to take the opening set, but Djokovic bounced back immediately with an early break in the second to force the match to a decider. But Federer streaked away to victory with a double break of serve in the final set.