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Federer claimed an emphatic 6-2 6-2 win over Alex De Minaur in the final of the Swiss Indoors Basel on Sunday - a 10th triumph overall at his home event.

It is to note that on Sunday, Federer was at his usual best as he outclassed the 20-year-old Aussie 6-2, 6-2 to register his 103th singles titles of his career.

So a statement win for the 38-year-old Federer, a win that took him to his half-century for the season. He will now focus on the year ending ATP Finals at the O2 arena in London and his continued run towards breaking Jimmy Connors all-time ATP Tour record of 109 career titles. Australian de Minaur, 20, was hoping to become the first person from his homeland to claim the crown but was undone by a champonship performance typical of the imperious 20-time Grand Slam victor. "I never looked back".

Roger Federer celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Australia's Alex de Minaur. That's something I learned the hard way today.

Federer's 10th Basel title was one of his most efficient.

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He had also played alongside his idol Federer in doubles at the Laver Cup, by which time he had suffered a revenge win by the Swiss in the Dubai final.

"It might be remembering back at all that went into this week, the family of maybe the (coaching) team aspect", said Federer when asked to explain his emotions. "But I'm happy I got there and I'm glad to be playing another day". I think I played a great match.

Federer defeated the 28th-ranked De Minaur in their first meeting.

De Minaur, who wasn't even born when Federer turned professional, said during the trophy ceremony, "I was really hoping that Roger was going to get sick of winning here and give someone else a chance".

"He was too good once more, it is superb".