Basel - Roger
Federer won his 17th consecutive match at the Swiss Indoors on
Thursday, dispatching Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 7-5 to reach the
The top seed, unbeaten in Basel since 2013, is an eight-time winner
of his home event and will next play Frenchman Gilles Simon, who
defeated Latvia's Ernests Gulbis 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/0).
Federer admitted he was not satisfied with his slow start, going down a break in the third game.
"I didn't really get into the game. It's been a long time since I've played a match a match without being broken.
"I have to improve in the next round."
The 37-year-old, ranked third in the world, trailed to the early break but soon recovered for 3-all in the opening set.
He then broke for 5-3 before closing out the opener in 27 minutes.
The second set stayed on serve until a fifth double-fault from Struff, which opened the door for Federer to move 6-5 ahead.
Moments later, the 20-time Grand Slam champion served out a 41st
victory of the season with a volley into the empty court on his first
"It was a lot of rocky start, I had to clean up my game, I'm happy
about that," Federer said.
"There were a lot of quick points - one or
two shots max.
"There was no rhythm, it was a sprint on the majority of points. I
did a little better than him I guess, that was the goal for today."
Fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas dominated Peter Gojowczyk 6-3, 6-1 to
line up a quarter-final with one of his toughest NextGen rivals.
The Greek will face Russian Daniil Medvedev, who defeated Italy's Andreas Seppi 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 in their second-round encounter.
Medvedev owns three titles this season from Sydney, Winston-Salem and
last month in Tokyo. He has also defeated last week's Stockholm
champion Tsitsipas in two meetings this season, in Miami and the US
Tsitsipas made his trophy breakthrough at the weekend in Sweden with his first career title.
"I'm playing well," said 16th-ranked Tsitsipas. "I think the rivalry
between the young guys right now may be even stronger than that of the
"We all want to get to the top sometime, we always want to do better than the other guy."
Tsitsipas, 20, is the youngest player in the ATP Top 20, and the
first Greek to win an ATP title. He also reached his first Masters final
in Toronto in August before losing to Rafael Nadal.
Second seed Alexander Zverev ended the run of 174th-ranked Australian teenage qualifier Alexei Popyrin with a 6-4, 6-4 win.
The German next plays Spanish eighth seed Roberto Bautista Agut who
continued his quiet progress through the draw, beating Serb Dusan
Lajovic 6-7 (6/8), 6-3, 6-3.
Results from the Swiss Indoors ATP tournament in Basel on Thursday (x denotes seeding):
Roger Federer (SUI x1) bt Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 6-3, 7-5
Gilles Simon (FRA) bt Ernests Gulbis (LAT) 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/0)
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE x4) bt Peter Gojowczyk (GER) 6-3, 6-1
Daniil Medvedev (RUS x7) bt Andreas Seppi (ITA) 7-6 (7/5), 6-2
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP x8) bt Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 6-7 (6/8), 6-3, 6-3
Alexander Zverev (GER x2) bt Alexei Popyrin (AUS) 6-4, 6-4