Rafael Nadal is scheduled to play at Roger Federer’s hometown tournament for the first time in nine years. Rafa last played in Basel in 2004, losing in the first round to Rainer Schuettler. He also lost early to Feliciano Lopez in 2003, the only year he and Federer both played at Basel.
The Swiss Indoors, played on carpet then, is now a hard-court tournament. Rafa has a 19-10 career record against Roger, including a quarterfinal win last month at Indian Wells.