Federer begins Basel campaign with a bang

Roger Federer eased through to the second round of the Swiss Indoors Basel after a routine straight set win on Tuesday.

Federer defeated rising star Frances Tiafoe 6-1, 6-3 in just 62 minutes in a ruthless performance on the hard courts of the St. Jakobshalle.

The 19-time grand slam winner was on point from the word go, breaking the American in the first service game. From there, Federer piled on the pressure with accurate serving as he notched up eight aces on his way to a comprehensive victory.

The Swiss Maestro is hunting a record eighth title in Basel, having reached no less than ten finals at the venue.

Waiting for Federer in the second round is Benoit Paire of France who defeated Steve Johnson 6-3, 7-6(4) earlier in the day. Federer is yet to drop a set against Paire in four meetings. 

Elsewhere, second seed Marin Cilic advanced to the next round after Florian Meyer was forced to retire due to injury after losing the first set 6-3 while third seed David Goffin eased past German Peter Gojowczyk 6-2, 7-5.

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