Federer commits to hometown Basel event

by: AP April 10, 2013

BASEL, Switzerland (AP)—Roger Federer says he will play at the Swiss Indoors in October, ending speculation he'd skip his hometown tournament because of a contractual dispute.

Federer tells Swiss daily Tages Anzeiger that "everyone knows how much this tournament means to me and that is still true."

The five-time champion says he never said that he wouldn't play in Basel. He says he's trying "to make this complicated issue simpler."

Federer's contract with the event ended after losing last year's final to Juan Martin del Potro. Swiss media reported that Federer's management sought a seven-figure fee and couldn't reach an agreement with tournament organizers.

The 31-year-old Federer says he can play in Basel "without any kind of contract or agreement" if he wants.

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