Roger Federer celebrated his 1500th ATP match with a commanding 6-2 6-1 win over Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk in the first round of the Swiss Indoors championship in Basel.
Playing in his hometown, Swiss 20-times grand slam champion Federer barely broke sweat as he fired 12 aces and won 82 per cent of his first service points, wrapping up the encounter against the hapless German qualifier in 53 minutes.
Gojowczyk, ranked 112th in the world, was broken five times while 38-year-old Federer dropped serve once in the contest.
It was a 21st consecutive win in Basel for the Swiss, who has won the title here nine times, and he used every inch of the court to set up 34 winners.
Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff also advanced in another short encounter that lasted only 61 minutes, firing a whopping 21 aces to beat Serbian youngster Miomir Kecmanovic 6-4 6-2 to advance.
Second seed Alexander Zverev opens his campaign against American Taylor Fritz and could next face Australia’s Alex De Minaur, who was up against Bolivian qualifier Hugo Dellien in Monday’s first-round encounter.
De Minaur’s compatriot Alexei Popyrin, who beat Joao Sousa and Soon Woo Kwon in qualifying to reach the main draw, will meet fifth seed Fabio Fognini on Tuesday.