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Tennis: Federer routs Tiafoe in Basel opener

Prime News, International Sports, Tennis, Basel (Switzerland), October 25:-  Roger Federer thrashed American teenager Frances Tiafoe 6-1, 6-3 as the top seed began his week at the Swiss Indoors with a resounding first- round victory.

Federer, who won in a stroll over Rafael Nadal just over a week ago in the Shanghai final, continued his top form in front of the local crowd at an event he has won seven times.

The 36-year-old Swiss, who has competed in a dozen Basel finals, made quick work of his 19-year-old opponent, who had taken him to five sets in this year’s US Open first round.

Federer will next face France’s Benoit Paire, a 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) winner over American Steve Johnson.

“I felt good throughout. The short match didn’t matter too much because I have a day off tomorrow. Even if it had been three sets, it would have been okay,” Federer said.

“As long as I’m winning, it’s all good. I’m just happy to win the first match. Frances was tough in the US Open.

“The next round with Paire will be tough, he’s a dangerous player indoors. I’m happy I’ve found my rhythm early in Basel.”

-(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)

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