Roger Federer, defending champion and five times Swiss Indoors winner in Basel, began his title defence with a 7-5 6-3 victory over Benjamin Becker of Germany.
The Swiss maestro struggled to break the German’s serve at the beginning of the first set despite having a few chances. However, Federer put Becker under pressure yet again when the German qualifier was serving to stay in the set at 5-6. Eventually, the 17 time Grand Slam champion managed to take his opponent’s serve after making use of his 8th break point opportunity that also was his second set point. Federer’s first serve percentage was 68%, he fired 4 aces and committed no double faults. On the other hand, Becker’s first serve was at 57% as he hit 3 aces and produced 4 double faults.
It was the Becker who took control of the happenings at the beginning of the second set after he managed to take the world no.1’s serve in the fifth game to go 3-2 up. Unfortunately for him, Federer seemed to have changed gears right after and not only did he level the score at 3-3 with a re-break to love, but he stormed to take the next three games, setting up a second round encounter against the winner of the match between Thomaz Bellucci and Go Soeda.