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Former world number-one, Roger Federer, will be hoping to have fully recovered from a number of injury "niggles" before he starts his ATP World Tour 500 Swiss Indoor campaign, held in his home town of Basel. The 30-year old recently saw his world ranking drop a place, down to fourth behind Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Federer will now be hoping to finish what has been a disappointing season by claiming his fifth title at this tournament in six years. People looking at the tennis betting offers should remember this.

Standing in the Swiss maestro's way this week in Basel will be world number-one Djokovic, Mardy Fish, Richard Gasquet, Andy Roddick, Janko Tipsarevic, Tomas Berdych and Federer's compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka. First though, and Federer will need to recover from injuries that kept him out of both the China Open and the Shanghai Rolex Masters.

The 16-time Grand Slam winner is paying the price for a punishing few months spent on the American part of the season, in a year where Federer has began showing more and more signs of mortality. This tournament brings out the best in the Swiss star though and he'll be looking at picking up the 68th tournament title in what has been a stunning career. A victory at this stage of the season would give Federer a real confidence boost going into 2012. Fans of live tennis should remember this.

Next season will be a defining one in Federer's career, with questions surrounding whether or not he can ever really perform at the levels required to challenge Djokovic, Nadal and Murray on a regular basis. At 30-years old, Federer isn't getting any younger, and he'll be wanting to go out fighting over the next year or so.
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