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Roger Federer commits to play hometown Swiss Indoors event amid reports of contract dispute

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FILE - This is a Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 file photo of Switzerland's Roger Federer as he returns a ball to Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro during their final match at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland. Roger Federer says he will play at the Swiss Indoors in October, ending speculation he could skip his hometown tournament in a contractual dispute. Federer told the Swiss daily Tages Anzeiger on Wednesday April 10, 2013 that "everyone knows how much this tournament means to me, and that is still true." (AP Photo/Keystone/Georgios Kefalas, File) (The Associated Press)

Roger Federer says he will play at the Swiss Indoors in October, ending speculation he'd skip his hometown tournament because of a contractual dispute.

Federer tells Swiss daily Tages Anzeiger that "everyone knows how much this tournament means to me and that is still true."

The five-time champion says he never said that he wouldn't play in Basel. He says he's trying "to make this complicated issue simpler."

Federer's contract with the event ended after losing last year's final to Juan Martin del Potro. Swiss media reported that Federer's management sought a seven-figure fee and couldn't reach an agreement with tournament organizers.

The 31-year-old Federer says he can play in Basel "without any kind of contract or agreement" if he wants.

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