Juan Martin del Potro denied Roger Federer his hometown Swiss Indoors title for the second year in a row, winning in three sets.
Roger Federer is playing better tennis these days -- just not quite good enough to win titles.
Juan Martin del Potro denied Federer his hometown Swiss Indoors title for the second straight year, winning the final 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-4 on Sunday.
Federer reached his first final in more than four months and showed no sign of the back problems that hampered him during the most difficult season of his career.
"I am a winner, I don't take much confidence from losing matches," Federer said. "I am happy about the level of my play, it's getting better, but it's not in losing where I get much confidence."
Federer had hoped that the raucous crowd support in Basel -- where he is a five-time champion -- could help revive his form. He's won just one title in the past 14 months.
Del Potro beat the player he described as "a big inspiration" for the third straight time, including the 2012 Basel final.
"I think Roger is playing well," the fifth-ranked Argentine said. "For me, he has the perfect game. He played much better when he has the chance to play the top guys."
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