Basle | Federer sets course for his eighth
The world No2 and top seed Roger Federer made a victorious return to his hometown in Basel by defeating the American teenager Frances Tiafoe comfortably in his opening round at the Swiss Indoors.
Federer, chasing his eighth title at the event, needed just 61-minutes to complete his 6-1 6-3 victory over the youngsters who had taken him to five sets in the opening round of the US Open.
Today I felt good from the beginning. I had a great first set and in the second set I had to reset and figure it outRoger Federer
“Today I felt good from the beginning. I had a great first set and in the second set I had to reset and figure it out. Serving well alone is not good enough; you have to find yourself into the match on the return also,” Federer said later.
A 12-time finalist here in Basle, Federer advanced to a matchup against Benoit Paire of France ) who defeated Steve Johnson 6-3 7-6(4) ) a player he has yet to lose to in four previous meetings, all secured without dropping a set.
Meanwhile the defending champion Marin Cilic also had a comfortable opener as his opponent Florian Mayer retired after dropping the first set 6-3.
The third seeded David Goffin dispatched Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk 6-2 7-5 in just 81-minutes.
Fifth-seeded Jack Sock averted an upset after dropping the first set, to come back and secure his place in round two with a 3-6 7-6 (7) 7-5 victory over Canada’s Vasek Pospisil. The American saved 11 of 13 break points to advance against Hyeon Chung of South Korea. Also through is American Ryan Harrison who rolled over Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4 6-1.
The eighth seeded Mischa Zverev of Germany was not as fortunate and was ousted in straight sets by Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer 7-5 7-5.