Kei Nishikori - Roger Federer Live

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Nationality Player Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5
SwitzerlandR Federer66---
JapanK Nishikori13---

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  1. - - NISHIKORI 1-6 3-6 - Federer wins his fifth Basel crown in six years and yet another career title. He is made to work for it as Nishikori forces a break point at 30-40 - remarkably his first (and only) of the match. But Federer weathers the storm with an explosive serve to force deuce before unleashing a magnificent forehand winner for Championship point. Nishikori finds the net and that, ladies and gentlemen, is that.

  2. - - NISHIKORI 1-6 3-5 - Nishikori will be satisfied at least that he will make Federer serve for his title, holding serve for just the fourth time in the match.

  3. - - NISHIKORI 1-6 2-5 - The outcome looks inevitable now. Federer isolates Nishikori with a sumptious lob to go 30-0 up, before sealing another easy game. One more service game and Federer will surely have his fifth career title in Basle.

  4. - - NISHIKORI 1-6 2-4 - Federer breaks again and this is surely the game that decides the match. Federer's drop shot disguise is still better than anyone's and he has Nishikori scampering around the court trying to keep up at 0-30, before Federer wraps up the game after a period at deuce. Surely no way back for Nishikori now.

  5. - - NISHIKORI 1-6 2-3 - Having worked so hard to hold his serve, Nishikori is picked off by Federer's explosive serving in the very next game. The Swiss things up with an ace to remain in charge.

  6. - - NISHIKORI 1-6 2-2 - Nishikori is hanging in there and grinds out another hold of serve. Nishikori's energy, volleying and returning has been superb but his serve remains weak. However, he's still in this second set at 2-2.

  7. - - NISHIKORI 1-6 1-2 - Nishikori is showing a little more adventure in the knowledge that he has to give Federer something to think about on his serve. But Federer's class is omnipresent and he sees out the game to 15.

  8. - - NISHIKORI 1-6 1-1 - The Japanese player benefits from consecutive net cords to go 30-15 up, but Federer claws his way back to deuce courtesy of a stunning backhand winner. But Nishikori hangs in there and seals a vital game with a vollied winner.

  9. - - NISHIKORI 1-6 0-1 - Federer glides to another game on his serve, wrapping it up with a gracious backhand winner. Still one-way traffic in Basle.

  10. - - NISHIKORI 1-6 - First set to Federer. Well that was easy, wasn't it? The Swiss has oozed class, easing to the first set in style. Nishikori has struggled with his serve - particularly his second serve - which is coming up far too short and allowing Federer to pounce on it. The writing is on the wall for Nishikori, you fear.

  11. - - NISHIKORI 1-5 - Nishikori dropped the opening set when he defeated both Berdych and Djokovic, so you wouldn't rule out the youngster from Shimane just yet. But he's been outclassed by the 16-time Grand Slam winner, who sees out another love service game with a soft volley at the net. Federer has dropped just one point on his serve so far.

  12. - - NISHIKORI 1-4 - Nishikori shows his fighting qualities by saving two break points to force deuce. But Federer's shot-making is too good and the Swiss earns a double-break in the opening set.

  13. - - NISHIKORI 1-3 - Federer, dictating the rallies from the baseline, looks at his effortless best as he racks up another service game to love. Nishikori not getting a sniff on Federer's serve at the moment.

  14. - - NISHIKORI 1-2 - The underdog is up-and-running. For once Federer's backhand lets him down as he can only find the net, giving Nishikori three game points. He wraps up the game with a cheeky volley over the net, but Federer remains a break up.

  15. - - NISHIKORI 0-2 - Ruthless start by Federer, who allows his opponent just one point in a dominating opening service game. Already an uphill battle for the young Japanese player.

  16. - - NISHIKORI 0-1 - Demoralising start for Nishikori, who is taken to deuce by Federer, who then sees out the game with an instant break of the Nishikori serve. Federer a break up in Basle.

  17. 14.05 - The players are about to emerge on court in Switzerland. In the meantime, you can send me your comments on Twitter and I'll be sure to drop them into the commentary as we go. You can follow me on Twitter here.

  18. 14.00 - Roger Federer, on the other hand, sailed into the final at a canter, beating Swiss compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 6-2

  19. 13.55 - Nishikori only came into the tournament as a wild card despite now being ranked 32 in the world, but shocked the world number one in the last four on Saturday winning 2-6 7-6 6-0

  20. 13.50 - Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the final of the Basle 500 in Switzerland as world number four Roger Federer plays Japanese youngster Kei Nishikori, conqueror of Novak Djokovic.

Kei Nishikori

Nationality JPN
Date of Birth 29/12/1989
Height 1.78 m
Weight 74 kg

Roger Federer

Nationality SUI
Date of Birth 08/08/1981
Height 1.85 m
Weight 85 kg

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