BASEL, Switzerland – Roger Federer will face Rafael Nadal in a final for the first time in 2 ½ years on Sunday.
The tennis greats both had straight-sets wins Saturday to set up a Swiss Indoors title match that is their first on-court meeting since January 2014, and first final since May 2013.
For extra emotion, the 34th chapter in their great rivalry is at Federer’s hometown tournament where Nadal has never faced the local hero, who was once a ball boy here.
“It’s fantastic for the fans, for the tournament … and for both of us,” said the top-seeded Federer, after easing to a 6-3, 6-4 win against unseeded American Jack Sock in the semifinals. “Today I was in control so I feel like I have a good shot tomorrow.”
Earlier, the third-seeded Nadal played his best tennis of the week in beating Richard Gasquet of France 6-4, 7-6 (7).
“It’s another final against an amazing player,” said Nadal, adding he was excited about “an opportunity to play a match that is special.”
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