Juan Martin Del Potro (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
Roger Federer headlines his home tournament as he seeks revenge over Juan Martin Del Potro who denied him a sixth title in 2012.
Roger Federer will be anxious to put his US Open disappointment behind him as he competes in his home tournament. He has won the title five times and narrowly missed a sixth title after losing to Juan Martin Del Potro.
Del Potro will be at the event to defend his title – he had a very disappointing exit to an inspired Lleyton Hewitt at the US Open and will have an eye on the World Tour Finals so will want a good run here to help that cause.
Rafael Nadal he enters the Basel tournament for the first time since 2004. His experiences from then and the year before are hardly inspiring– two first round exits. His appearances on indoor hard courts have been rare over the past few years so it will be interesting to see if he can cap this year with success across the board.
Federer is joined by the Swiss No. 2 Stanislas Wawrinka who reached the semi-final in 2011 and will be keen to do a lot better than last year where he crashed out in the first round to Nikolay Davydenko.
Wawrinka is maybe worth an outside look as the dark horse of the tournament this year. Where Federer has floundered through the particularly the second half of the year, Wawrinka pulled off an upset in making a run to the semi-finals of the US Open.
He may be one of the stronger contenders for a surprise run to the title this year.