Federer returned to his winning ways, ousting Kei Nishikori, 6-1, 6-3 in the finals of the Swiss Indoors Basel. The 21-year-old Japanese sensation who took out Novak Djokovic in the semis to face a solid Federer in the final and move to No. 24 in the world, the highest ranking ever by a Japanese male tennis player. Federer secured his spot in the London Masters months ago, but this year had only one title in Qatar, back in January, so this hometown victory brought tears to the great player’s eyes. Congrats to both athletes for making their countries proud. Nadal did not play and Andy Murray pulled out of Basel with an injury.