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Federer, Nadal tackle two extremes in Basel
The event, which Basel-born Federer has won five times, marks the penultimate week of the points race to the World Tour Finals in London, beginning in just over three weeks. The 33-year-old Federer is among those already qualified, along with Novak Djokovic, Nadal, Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka and US Open champion Marin Cilic. Federer, who has played the last eight finals at the St Jakobshalle - he stands 37-3 at home - looks to close in on the year-end number one ranking held by Djokovic. The nine-time French Open winner has not played in Federer's backyard for a decade and missed last year with fatigue after signing a three-year appearance fee contract in 2012 which he has yet to start honouring. Federer begins in the first round against Luxembourg veteran Gilles Muller while Nadal takes on a qualifier. Third seed Wawrinka starts against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan who was a semi-finalist in Moscow on Saturday. Milos Raonic takes the fourth seeding with the Canadian hoping to have recovered from illness which compromised his last two events, in Shanghai and Moscow. Fellow year-end contender Grigor Dimitrov is seeded fifth ahead of Ernests Gulbis, number seven David Goffin and eighth seed Ivo Karlovic.

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