Federer Returns to Hometown Basel with a Win – Roger Federer eased his way into the second round of the 2017 Swiss Indoors, winning 21 of 21 points on serve in a 6-1 6-3 win over American Frances Tiafoe in just 61 minutes. The Swiss maestro was tested by Tiafoe in the opening round of the recent US Open, needing five sets to eliminate the 19-year-old, but on Tuesday he had no trouble, breaking four times while not facing a break point himself. The 36-year-old Swiss is seeking his eighth title in his hometown tournament. Federer, who was a ballboy at the indoor event for two years and first played in the tournament as a 16-year-old in qualifying, advanced to 10 consecutive finals from 2006 to 2015, and at one point won five of six championships. His 12 total finals appearances in Basel are the most of any event he has competed in. If he can triumph again, he will capture an ATP World Tour-leading sixth title on the season.
“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.
Federer will next face Frenchman Benoit Paire, who moved past American Steve Johnson, 6-3, 7-6(4) in one hour, 50 minutes. The Swiss has won all four of their head-to-head matchups without dropping a set. Federer won their last meeting, at he Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, 6-1 6-3.