The Basel Open Tournament Director Roger Brennwald has offered Roger Federer with a crown bearing the names of the different nominees in the shape of the winner. Federer, who has received 78.5 per cent of the 40,000 votes and World No. 1 and 2009 Basel Open champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia holds second place with 3,233 votes in the online poll. Federer said it’s very nice to return back to Basel Open, a four time winner at this ATP World Tour 500 tournament.
The former World No. 1 Federer said he is very happy to watch many people have taken part in the online poll and it is one of the biggest voting polls here in Switzerland for this Basel award. He added he is not surprise with the award, where he was the record holder at Basel Open with four titles. Roger Brennwald had done a great job at Basel Open and it was very emotional moment to receive an award in front of home fans on Tuesday. The World No. 4th ranked Roger Federer will take on Jarkko Nieminen of Finland in the second round of the 2011 Basel Open tournament at 17:05 GMT on Tuesday at Swiss Indoor hard courts.