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Federer celebrates 1 500th match with Basel breeze

Roger Federer opened his bid for a 10th title at the ATP Swiss indoors in Basle on Monday, crushing German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk 6-2, 6-1…

Roger Federer opened his bid for a 10th title at the ATP Swiss indoors in Basle on Monday, crushing German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk 6-2, 6-1 in the opening round.

This was a landmark 1 500th career match for the 38-year-old Swiss legend as he chases his 103rd title.

Federer is defending the 2018 title at his hometown event. The victory improved his career record at the tournament to 72-9 and increased his Basle win streak to 21 straight matches.

Federer, who has made the Basle final on all of his last 12 visits, owns ATP titles this season in Dubai, Miami and Halle.

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