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Federer, Roger

22.10.2021 - 21:36 Uhr

It was all aboard the Federer Express in Basel Friday when Swiss legend Roger Federer inaugurated a sleek new tram named in his honour. Painted head-to-toe with images from Federer's playing days and decked out inside with factoids about his career and even seats in the style of on-court player benches, the tram is sure to be a traffic stopper when it's pressed into service in the near future."The project was very important to me. That is why it is a great honour for me to be able to see the tram on the streets of Basel in the future," Federer said. Hopping aboard the Fedexpress!Thank you for the incredible honor. It feels like just yesterday I was a boy getting to practice everyday on No.8  Dangge Basel— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) October 22, 2021He later tweeted: "Thank you for the incredible honor. It feels like just yesterday I was a boy getting to practice everyday on No.8," the former No. 1 wrote on Instagram. Federer, who recently underwent his third knee surgery, has not played since Wimbledon but is eyeing a comeback in 2022.Photos courtesy Basler Verkehrs-Betriebe/Bettina Matthiessen

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22.10.2021 - 20:35 Uhr

Second seed Diego Schwartzman may only be 5' 7", but he produced a dominant serving performance that John Isner would have been proud of on Friday at the European Open to march into his second tour-level semi-final of the season.The 29-year-old dropped just seven points on serve, moving past #NextGenATP American Brandon Nakashima 6-4, 6-2 in Antwerp.The Argentine backed up his impressive straight-sets victory over Andy Murray in their first ATP Head2Head meeting with a controlled performance against the big-hitting qualifier, not facing a break point in the match as he hit with great depth to advance after one hour and 34 minutes.[FOLLOW ACTION]With his victory, Schwartzman now leads Nakashima 1-0 in their ATP Head2Head series and will face World No. 70 Jenson Brooksby or Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the last four.Schwartzman is aiming to win his second tour-level title of the season in Antwerp, having triumphed on home soil in Buenos Aires in March. The 29-year-old has fond memories at the European Open, reaching the championship match in 2016 and 2017 and the semi-finals in 2018.The World No. 14 arrived at the ATP 250 event in strong form, after advancing to quarter-finals in San Diego and Indian Wells earlier this month.Nakashima, who was bidding to reach his third tour-level semi-final of the season, began the week eighth (686 points) in the ATP Race To Milan as he aims to make his debut at the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals.