Roger Federer scores ‘hard-fought’ victory in Swiss Indoors opener
Defending champion Roger Federer required three sets to overcome Filip Krajinovic at the Swiss Indoors.
The top seed kicked off his campaign for a ninth title with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win to take his unbeaten run in Basel to 16.
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After two breaks of serve in the opening set, he was also ahead early on the second with a break in game one, but Krajinovic broke him in three consecutive games at the backend of the set.
“It was a bit more of a hard-fought victory, but they feel good too, especially knowing that I have the day off tomorrow, so it’s no problem having played three sets today,” the 20-time Grand Slam winner said.
He will meet Jan-Lennard Struff in the second round after the German beat John Millman from Australia 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.
Russian seventh seed Daniil Medvedev advanced with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Maximilian Marterer, Andreas Seppi secured a 6-0, 6-4 win over Taro Daniel and Peter Gojowczyk beat Nicolas Jarry 1-6, 7-5, 6-3.
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