JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Swiss men's tennis player Roger Federer has won his 103rd title throughout his career in Basel on Sunday, but admitted that he might miss the chance to win his 104th title at the Paris Masters.
The 38-year-old won his 10th trophy in Basel by defeating Australia's Alex De Minaur 6-2, 6-2, to confirm what the Swiss legend described as an "extraordinary" success at the tournament in the city where he lived and had worked as a ballboy.
Federer is now just six titles short of the record of 109 ATP titles won by American Jimmy Connors. However, Federer may be tempted to miss Paris Open, the final event of the regular season, to save his energy ahead of the ATP Final in London.
"I have a team meeting scheduled on Monday to discuss not only Paris, but next season as well. I think tomorrow I will know whether I will go to Paris or not," Federer said after lifting his fourth title in 2019 after Dubai, Miami and Halle.
"My fitness is fine, I'm happy with how I feel. I just don't know whether I should play next week. I will find out with the team," he said on Monday (10/28/2019).
Federer returned to the Paris Masters last year for the first time since 2015, and reached the semifinals. However, he lost in three sets to Novak Djokovic, who this year became the top seed in the French Open, above Rafael Nadal.
On Sunday, Federer became an emotional figure when he received a trophy at the Basel tournament where he had worked as a ball boy. Among the 9,000 spectators were his wife and four children.
"This may remind me of all that has happened when entering this week, the family, maybe aspects of the team (coach)," Federer said when asked to explain his emotions.
"People think I just go out and do it as they wish - but it's not like that at all.
"Sometimes I stand there and look back at what I've been through. The ball boys and girls run to the pitch (for the trophy awarding ceremony) - That can take me forward. I also thank the fans in the end."
Federer said his success in Basel, where he had 24 consecutive wins and had won 75 matches with only nine defeats, was "an extraordinary journey".
"This left a mark for me," he added, after Federer appeared at his annual pizza party with all ball boys and girls at the tournament after the trophy award ceremony.
"Being able to play in the stadium with people who celebrate your tennis is a great feeling. I had an extraordinary journey, this made it difficult for me to win in Basel. This is not something I take for granted. (Winning the title) is something unique and special, even though I have often done it," he said to AFP.