Roger Federer started his bid for a 10th title at the ATP Swiss indoors in Basel on Monday, by beating German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk in what could be called his 1,500th career games.
This landmark 6-2, 6-1 success in his hometown set the Swiss legend for his tilt at a 103rd title.
“I thought the match was good. I felt a nice spring in my step. I was quick to the ball and it didn’t take me long to get used to the conditions, that’s positive. There is a danger in playing Peter indoors since he’s already had two solid qualifying matches. He also serves great indoors. But I was able to control things,” said Federer.
Roger Federer is defending the 2018 title at his native home, the victory boost his career record at the tournament to 72-9 and increased his Basel win streak to 21 straight games.
The tennis champion made the Basel final on all of his last 12 visits, owns ATP titles this season in Dubai, Miami and Halle. Meanwhile, the Monday rout lasted just for 54 minutes with Federer pushed to break back in the second set before sprinting to the win.
Roger Federer will play with the winner from Radu Albot and Dusan Lajovic in the second round. The winner of the previous two editions, last lost here in the 2013 final to Juan Martin del Potro.
Meanwhile, Australian Alex de Minaur defeated Bolivian Hugo Dellien 6-1, 7-5, a victory which sends the wild card into a match with the winner from second seed Alexander Zverev and American Taylor Fritz.
Henri Laaksonen knocked out French eighth seed Benoit Paire 6-3, 7-5 for the evening’s second Swiss victory and German Jen-Lennard Struff defeated Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia 6-4, 6-2.