Federer victorious at Swiss IndoorsRoger Federer eased to victory in the first round at his hometown Swiss Indoors event on Monday, beating Adrian Mannarino of France, 6-4, 6-2. Federer swept the final five games against the 60th-ranked Mannarino to win in 1 hour, 12 minutes.
Hampered by back injuries in a difficult season, Federer has won only one title as his ranking has dropped to No. 7. He also has yet to secure a place in the eight-man lineup at the season-ending ATP World Tour finals in London next month.
A five-time champion at Basel, Federer is only seeded third this week and made just 51 percent of his first serves Monday. He needed 13 chances to break Mannarino’s serve four times in the match.
The last time he played in Switzerland, Federer fell to a straight-set loss to 55th-ranked German Daniel Brands in his opening match at the Swiss Open in July. Federer said Sunday he is fitter and more confident now, and broke Mannarino’s serve to begin the match.