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Federer routs Tiafoe in Basel opener

Federer routs Tiafoe in Basel opener”

Tiafoe's resistance stiffened slightly in the second set, with Federer achieving the break in the eighth game for 5-3 before wrapping up victory in 61 minutes.Juan Martin del Potro, the victor in 2012 and 2013, said he is hoping to build on his recent momentum as the injury-plagued Argentine bids to snatch a place for next month's ATP Finals in London.

Tiafoe had pushed Federer close in their two previous meetings in Miami and the US Open. I had a great first set and in the second set I had to reset and figure it out.

"The next round with Paire will be tough, he is a risky player indoors".

The Swiss star next plays Benoit Paire of France after Paire beat American Steve Johnson 6-3 7-6 (7-4) and the 19-time grand slam champion, says he is feeling good. "I'm happy I've found my rhythm early in Basel".

Federer broke Tiafoe in the opening game of the match and then earned a double break to lead 3-0.

Second-seeded Marin Cilic also advanced to the second round, winning the first set 6-3 before opponent Florian Mayer of Germany retired injured.

Fifth-seeded Jack Sock of the United States averted an upset, dropping the opening set before rallying for a 3-6, 7-6 (7), 7-5 victory over Canada's Vasek Pospisil.

The evergreen 36-year-old is hunting a seventh title of what has been a memorable renaissance in 2017, with Australian Open and Wimbledon triumphs lifting him to second in the world behind friend and long-term rival Rafael Nadal. The eighth seed fell 7-5 7-5 to Argentine veteran Leonardo Mayer.

"I'm not thinking of London, it was not one of my goals this year. I will be playing for four straight weeks, that's something I've not done for three or four years".

London hopefull Pablo Carreno Busta also was a victor but Sam Querrey blew four match points in a loss to Albert Ramos-Vinolas.



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