Roger Federer, who was born in Basel, Switzerland, has been a mainstay in that city's ATP event for over a decade. With seven titles between 2006 and 2015, not only has he been in the draw year-in and year-out, but he has played a ton of late-round matches at the tournament as well. The last time that Federer missed the Basel event, which is called the Swiss Indoors, was way back in 2005. However, the 35-year old continues to work on recovering from his knee injury, the injury that has kept him out of all events post-Wimbledon. He is not expected to contest tour-level events againuntilJanuary.

Federer has defeated many top players in Basel

Federer's accomplishments clearly show that Basel, his hometown tournament, holds a special place in his heart. It is only a 500-series event, meaning that it is a tier below the Masters Series tournaments and two tiers below the Grand Slams. However, it has remained a part of Federer's annual tennis schedule and he has always been ready to do damage in the draw despite the relatively low amount of ranking points that are available to be won at the event.

Among the many victories that he has earned, Federer has wins in Basel over Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori, Stan Wawrinka, Andy Roddick, Novak Djokovic, David Nalbandian, and Fernando Gonzalez. If Federer had a nemesis at the event then it would have to be Juan Martin del Potro.

The Argentine got the best of Federer in the finals of both the 2012 and the 2013 events.

Wawrinka the key player this week

The week's Basel event feature's top-seeded Wawrinka, a player who also hails from Switzerland. He has three Grand Slams to his credit, including the 2016 US Open, and he is into the 2nd round following a first-round win on Tuesday.

With Milos Raonic, the 2nd seed, losing in the first round, Basel looks like Wawrinka's for the taking this week. It is a tournament title that has eluded him over the years, in no small part because of Federer's success.

But whether Federer will be able to win another title in Basel remains to be seen.

He is a question mark heading into the 2017 season due to his age. Furthermore, we've never really seen Federer sidelined for so long and how he will respond to such a lengthy period of time off is up in the air as well. The only thing that seems certain is Federer's determination and while his fans may be missing him in Basel, they no doubt look ahead to January, the small events that will start 2017, and the Australian Open (where he is considered 5th favorite).

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