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Roger Federer got off to a fast start Tuesday evening in Basel, defeating Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1 6-2 in just 54 minutes. The 6-time Swiss Indoors champion raced to a 5-0 lead early, and left his opponent from Kazakhstan in the dust from 2-all in the second set. Unfazed by Kukushkin’s tactics, Federer looked at ease from start to finish, hitting 25 winners to 13 unforced errors. The 34-year-old Swiss was aggressive throughout, winning 91% of points on his first serve and 72% of points on his second serve, backed by winning 17 of 20 points at net.

With a routine win, Federer will face German Philip Kohlschreiber in the second round in Thursday’s evening session.

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After the match, the Swiss reflected on the importance of his first round win. “I got off to a good start, which was a goal of mine,” said Federer, who was coming off an opening-round loss at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. “Once in the lead, I was able to stretch that and keep pressure on my opponent. I’m very pleased for a first round, especially after Shanghai.”

“Clearly, it was an important victory,” said Federer. “Losing today wouldn’t have been great for my confidence. I feel no effects from losing in Shanghai. I hope this match is a stepping stone to greater things this week. I’ve played so well over the years here in Basel.”

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Watch full coverage of the 2015 Swiss Indoors in Basel, on FedFanTV.

Source: ATP World Tour

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