ATP Basel: Roger Federer beats Filip Krajinovic in tennis tournament

Roger Federer injured his hand. More

Roger Federer injured his hand. More

Top-seeded Roger Federer is seeking a ninth career title at his hometown tournament. Clearly you make your life more hard, but still I was up 6-2, 3-1, break points, so things could have ended very quickly today, even though I didn't have the best serve percentage stats.

"I didn't have the best serving stats, maybe that caught up to me".

In his tournament debut, Australian John Millman faces Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff first up with the victor progressing to a meeting with Federer or Krajinovic.

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Krajinovic appeared to be on the way to a straight-sets loss in his first meeting with the 20-time Grand Slam victor before the momentum began to turn.

The top seeded Federer then got an important key break early on the final set, before reeling off 5 straight points against 3 break chances in the 6th game.

Up a set and a break, the Swiss lost serve in the sixth game of the second set before his opponent managed to square the match with a break in game 10. This was their first meeting and Marin did everything right on the court to wrap up the win and reach round two.

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"It was a bit more of a hard-fought victory, but they feel good too, especially knowing that I have the day off tomorrow, so it's no problem having played three sets today", Federer said.

Federer revealed in the run-up to the start at the St Jakobshalle that he had been suffering since the summer with a hand injury, which the 20-time Grand Slam victor insisted was fine now. In-form Russian seventh seed Daniil Medvedev also reached the last 16 by defeating German Maximilian Marterer 6-3 7-5.

Nishikori). In other action, qualifier Alexei Popyrin recorded his first ATP World Tour match win over fellow Australian Matthew Ebden 7-6 (4), 6-4 in one hour and 33 minutes, while Italian Andreas Seppi knocked out qualifier Taro Daniel of Japan 6-0, 6-4 in 63 minutes.

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