Roger Federer scores ‘hard-fought’ victory in Swiss Indoors opener

Roger Federer celebrates

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.

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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