Federer celebrates 1,500th match with Basel breeze

Roger Federer won his career's 1,500th match in style as he cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win over Peter Gojowczyk at the ATP Swiss Indoors in Basel.

The victory marked Roger Federer's 21st straight win at the ATP Swiss Indoors in Basel.   -  Getty Images

Roger Federer began his bid for a 10th ATP Swiss Indoors Basel in emphatic fashion as he crushed German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk in what was the Swiss legend’s 1,500th career match.

This landmark 6-2, 6-1 success in his hometown of Basel set the 38-year-old up for his tilt at a 103rd career title. Federer wrapped up the win in 54 minutes after he was forced to break back in the second set before sprinting to the win. He will next face the winner from Radu Albot and Dusan Lajovic in the second round.

“I thought the match was good,” Federer said. “I felt a nice spring in my step. I was quick to the ball and it didn’t take me long to get used to the conditions, that’s positive. There is a danger in playing Peter indoors since he’s already had two solid qualifying matches. He also serves great indoors. But I was able to control things,” he added.

 

The victory improved his career record at the tournament to 72-9 and increased his Basel win streak to 21 straight matches. He last last lost here in the 2013 final to Juan Martin del Potro. Federer, who has made the Basel final on all of his last 12 visits, won ATP titles in Dubai, Miami and Halle this season.

Australian Alex de Minaur beat Bolivian Hugo Dellien 6-1, 7-5, a victory which sends the wild card into a match with the winner from second seed Alexander Zverev and American Taylor Fritz. Henri Laaksonen knocked out French eighth seed Benoit Paire 6-3, 7-5 for the evening’s second Swiss victory and German Jen-Lennard Struff defeated Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia 6-4, 6-2.