Roger Federer outclassed Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-3 in the Swiss Indoors final on Sunday to win his first title in 10 months.
Federer showed the full range of his shot-making to school the 32nd-ranked Japanese, who stunned top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.
He won for the fifth time in six years at Basel, where he once worked as a ballboy.
Federer's 68th career title was just his second this season.
He won the season-opening event in Doha, Qatar, and had not reached a final since losing the French Open to Rafael Nadal in June.
Now ranked No. 4 at age 30, Federer was playing his first event as a player ranked outside the top three since he won his first Wimbledon title in 2003.