Federer outclasses Goffin to enter 13th Basel final, to face Del Potro

The Frenchman had two break points when leading 3-2 in the final set, but Federer responded superbly - saving the second with an outrageous backhand half-volley - and charged to the winning line thereafter.

Juan Martin del Potro beat Marin Cilic for the seventh straight time to move into a third career final at the Swiss Indoors 6-4 6-4.

I know I am getting closer and closer to qualifying, but I need to keep winning here and in Paris.

Fourth-seeded Del Potro, a two-time Basel champion, beat Julien Benneteau 6-4, 6-4 and stayed on course to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals lineup in London next month.

The previous match between del Potro and Federer did not ended up well for del Potro.

This will be their fifth ever final meeting... and Del Potro boasts the better record there!

In the third, Del Potro again found his lethal form, cruising to the victory by firing a trademark forehand victor on his second match point.

Croatian No. 2 seed Cilic won a pair of tiebreakers to survive a 7-6 (3), 5-7, 7-6 (4) challenge from Hungarian qualifier Marton Fucsovics, the 100th ranked player.

"But after all of my wrist problems, this is good for me". "Bautista is one of the toughest guys in the draw and it will be a really, really high-level match tomorrow".

And my fitness too, I am playing many matches and now I feel exhausted.

"But I'm not putting my body at risk if I play tomorrow or next week".

Federer's semi-final opponent on Saturday will be Belgian third seed David Goffin who beat American Jack Sock 7-6 (6) 6-3 in the last of the night's quarter-finals.

"I played a smart match, I waited for my chances in both sets", Del Potro told reporters after his 6-4 6-4 win over the world number four.