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By Eleanor Crooks

Roger Federer claimed his 99th career title with victory over Marius Copil in Basel.

The 37-year-old delighted the home support to land his ninth Swiss Indoors title, winning 7-6 (5) 6-4.

The Swiss was a break down in both sets against the Romanian, who set up the match by upsetting second seed Alexander Zverev in the last four.

However, Federer rallied to maintain his four-year unbeaten run in the tournament in his home city, claiming victory in an hour and 33 minutes.

Meanwhile, Kevin Anderson booked his place in the season-ending ATP finals by winning the Erste Bank Open in Vienna.

The 32-year-old South African beat fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-3 7-6 (3) to make sure he will feature in the London event.

Anderson (32), who has never previously finished in the end-of-year top 10, is the first South African to play in the Tour Finals since Wayne Ferreira in 1995.

He joins Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin del Potro and Alexander Zverev at the eight-man event.

Elina Svitolina won the BNP Paribas WTA Finals with a three-set success over Sloane Stephens in Singapore. The Ukrainian beat her US opponent 3-6 6-2 6-2 in two hours and 22 minutes for the biggest victory of her career.

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