Federer cruises through in Basle
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:54
The 28-year-old number one seed defeated Belgian qualifier Olivier Rochus 6-3 6-4 without offering an opportunity for a break of serve.
Federer was making his 10th appearance in the event, his first action since mid-September when Switzerland beat Italy in the Davis Cup.
His serve faltered on one occasion, with a single double fault in the opening set, but he fired 12 aces in the match to cruise to victory and set up a second-round clash with Andreas Seppi of Italy.
Seppi was a first-round victor over Swiss wildcard Stephane Bohli, winning 4-6 6-1 7-5.
Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic made an early exit despite firing 28 aces against France’s Florent Serra, who won 7-6 (7/5) 6-4.
There was just one break of serve in the contest as Serra overcame Karlovic to secure a second-round meeting with fifth seed Radek Stepanek.
Czech player Stepanek won his first-round tie with Germany’s Rainer Schuettler 6-2 6-0.