Rafael Nadal loses to Roger Federer in Basel final [PHOTOS]

Rafael Nadal failed in his bid for a fourth title this season, losing 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 to local favorite Roger Federer in the final of the Swiss Indoors on Sunday.

After the match, Rafa said: “I lost but I was close to winning, very close. Today I have been very competitive against one of the best players in the world. And on the toughest surface for me.”

Rafa still has a 23-11 career hold over Federer, including 14-7 in tournament finals.


  1. BRAVO RAFA , très belle final … Très contant de te voir en final avec roger … ha la bonne époque . C’est de de vous retrouver face à face …
    VAMOS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Magnifique semaine, excellente finale Rafa est passé tout près du titre…..il sera prêt pour 2016 et je parierai même pour une 10 eme victoire à ROland GArros courage ….

  3. Rafa: Congratulations on a great week at Basel. You played great in the final today. Your game has improved very much. Throughout each match you are consistently taking the ball early and playing the baseline – and I said consistently. If you continue in this way, it will become natural for you and hopefully you will not revert back to playing 4 feet behind it; and I think your entire game will become naturally offensive. Continue to play this way and you will be unbeatable. This is what I believe. My main concern is that you remain in good physical health. I am so worried that your knees will start troubling you again. I pray that that do not. Keep improving and stay healthy Rafa because you deserve to be on top again and to win big in 2016. God bless you the best of everying next week at Paris Masters. You are a true sportsman. Love, Marylynn.

  4. I thought Rafa would win this one. If he improves his serve, then I have no doubt he would win against the big three and anyone else in the running. Rafa, you DID have a great week. Next time up, you’ll continue to amaze us, I’m sure. Your fan, forever!!! VAMOS RAFA!!!

  5. From what we see in the last 3 tourneys, i think it is safe to say that the slide downhill has been stopped. Now he has to consistantly put it past the Stans and Kies. For him to win against the other big 3, he really needs to up his serve and his return game. He does it when he is down. But I really dont know why not when he is up. The second serve returns when he had so many looks at Roger were so weak from behind the Basel sign. The BIG positive is his ground game is back. So really happy about that. His fight is back. That is the BIGGEST plus. If he keeps doing this, 2016 will be good. I just wish he becomes a bit more unpredictable in his patterns to make his life easier against the other 3. VAMOS

  6. A good fight, gracious to the end. Stay strong, hungry and fierce. Any time Roger
    and Rafael play we must relish every hit; what other rivalry has brought so
    much respect and glory to the game?

  7. So sorry for Rafa:( But Rafa played a great week and fought all the way! The conditions in Basel are not the best for Rafa but he had all chances to win the title!!

    Rafa is on the way to his best again!

    Vamos Rafa, always with you <3 <3 <3

  8. Rafa has made so many improvements in his game!
    He is on his way to where he wants to be and play and this is great!
    Like he said this is a great foundation for him to build on for next season and that is what Rafa is aiming for.
    I am happy for him and stoked!
    Way to GO RAFA!
    Vamos!! 🙂 <3

  9. Our champion is the essence of grace, looking at him presenting the ball kids with medals he makes such a connection with each one. His speech was appropriate, gracious and again connecting with the crowd. I feel so positive about the week in Basel, he is well on his way to his best form. Congrats to Roger today was his the record still stands 23/11. Proud to support Rafael,

  10. VAMOS DEAR RAFA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Congratulations on making the finals and KUDOS for all the great matches & for your amazing beautiful stride !!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) God bless you sweetheart & there will be other opportunities looking forward!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) ci….ci….ci Senior!!!!!! : ) : ) Have a great evening & fun time till your next tour…… God bless you & your GREAT TEAM !!!!!! Thanks for everything & lot of love & happiness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : )

  11. So proud of Rafa for all the great tennis he played and displayed in Basel. Rafa
    played amazingly. It was indeed a pleasure to watch two all-time greats, Rafa and
    Roger duke it out in the finals. I wasn’t surprised Roger won in his home-town but
    Rafa has been playing splendidly since the beginning of the Asian Swing!
    Always super happy to be a loyal fan of Rafa!

  12. VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) YOU ARE THE GOAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) You are magnificent & an amazing CHAMPION!!!!!!!!!! Today’s match announcers had mentioned how weak & easy F matches were leading to today….and how his game never had to be challenged due to the players he played. Therefore, today’s match is not a barometer of nothing…… & is not reflective of recent true level of play. It was a close match with only few missed points by you. YOU were very near winning coming in the 3rd set….. It is over & it is past now…..and not that important…..but what is rather obvious F would have never been able to make the finals if he had gotten your draw against all the giant servers…..day after day…..and it seems he was once again protected by easy draw all the way to the finals…….. ….The great news your magnificent, well fought energy & feisty determination gave you the platform to display your genius passionate & determined powerful game!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) YOU ROSE BEYOND ALL THE TALL giants day in and day out….& TOOK THEM SO BEAUTIFULLY…….VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Hold your head up dear Rafa and know you are the better, stronger player!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) ci…ci….ci….ci….ci….& ci……. YOU have earned every single point genuinely…… Furthermore, ALL the players recognize that you are back & you are back big time…..and so KUDOS for your amazing success and beautiful strong Tennis!!! : ) My sense of the match today is that I don’t think he won….I think he was fortunate you had very very few missed points and time ran out…..if it was a 5 set match you would have had further opportunity to continue w your aggressive play …… but like you say…if makes zero difference…. but clearly, he was handed the match by your few missed shots. The facts remain that your game is fantastic & you are our favorite best player!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : )

  13. Congratulations Rafa. Even if you lost, you are a winner to me. You have improved your game a lot. Don’t be sad. It was an excelllent game.
    Take care and a lot of blessings.

  14. Great match between the 2 champions. Rafa playing close and getting stronger on his worst surface is a real plus. One weak game is usually all it takes in a 3 setter against a top player. Unfortunate he couldn’t convert on either break point in 1st set. A great few weeks. Hope knee is ok.

  15. Returning to the place u belong ….the finals semifinals ….three consecutive tournament great results from what form ur returning
    Make no mistakes rafa is producing this results on hard courts …his not so favourite
    In his best many ppl would hve satisfy with same result
    Rafa u evolved so much with the game with the competition from what u were few years ago
    Next step to bring back that forehand down the line into the game more consitently

  16. Congrats to both of you 😊 Rafa you played amazing, you’re so close to your old form. – Nearly there 😘 VAMOS champ! 🎾💪 Good luck in Paris 🍀❤️😃

  17. All of us who have never stopped believing in Rafa are so proud of the week he has had. This was a pretty close match and I am sure he will keep building. He seems to be getting physically and mentally stronger and he has the strong heart and passion to go with it. Vamos!

  18. Love you Rafa 💗 💖 💛 💖. Thank you for a wonderful week.
    You were great. You are back to where you belong , on the top.

    All the best.🌷 🌸 🌹 🍀 💕 💝 💟 💟 for the coming week.

  19. Never mind rafa u played very well ….fighted till last points ….
    Coming from set down against roger says a lot
    U were so close to wining . Just missed some forehands in importants…but as u say there is no ifs in sports
    Roger was so good with his serve with lot of aces
    Always great to watch both legends play
    They both have so much respect for each other
    Rafa please diagnose ur problem with knee and take very bst care of urself dont need to play paris if not feeling well

    Enjoy today and rest well

    U will definitely going to have a great 2016 and many more years
    Just be healthy
    Please dont overplay

  20. Ok match from RAFA. Like I wrote yesterday the serve is what he really needs to improve. More speed and more reliability is needed. The ground strokes are coming back. That’s positive!

    Anyone agree with me?

    • Agree with you that Rafa should improve on his serve. He must produce some Aces especially at crucial moments like closing a game/set/match. But somehow unclee Toni &Rafa don’t place much importance on serve & aces otherwise l am sure Rafa would win. nowadays many players tend to serve aces to save themselves especially on crucial moments. So l hope uncle Toni & Rafa would consider our advice. lf not Rafa’s tennis looks as if going downhill while others in their 30’s are playing so well.

      • I mean if Rafa had Rogers serve today he would have won in two sets I think. His game is nearly back to where it was 1-2 years ago, the serve is what makes it more complicated for him than it should.

        Rafa has said that he is only going to rest a couple of days after the O2 finals. After that it’s maximum attack for 2016!

        Let’s hope that right knee is okey!

  21. You should be very proud Rafa, you played amazingly! Your forehand is returning to its very best. A very positive week. Vamos Rafa!

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