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Roger Federer won his first tournament in 10 months when clinching a fifth Swiss Indoors title in Basle.

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The Swiss, currently ranked fourth in the world, outclassed Japanese youngster Kei Nishikori 6-1 6-3 to win the event for the fifth time in six years. Nishikori had beaten Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals but was unable to repeat the heroics against Federer, who remains a force in the game at 30. He advertised his full repertoire of strokes in winning his 68th career title, in what was his first final appearance since losing to Rafael Nadal in the French Open. The third seed dropped just one point on serve in a demoralising opening set for the wildcard, who was unable to gain a foothold in the match, with Federer breaking crucially in the sixth game of a more competitive second set.

“He was too good for me today,” said the 21-year-old, who started the week ranked 32nd. “I tried to do my best but he wouldn’t let me.”

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