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Federer wins in 1st round at Swiss Indoors

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First published: October 27, 2012, 8:49 AM IST | Updated: October 27, 2012
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Federer wins in 1st round at Swiss Indoors
Roger Federer eased to victory in the first round of his hometown Swiss Indoors event, beating Benjamin Becker of Germany 7-5, 6-3.

Basel: Roger Federer eased to victory in the first round of his hometown Swiss Indoors event on Monday, beating Benjamin Becker of Germany 7-5, 6-3. Federer, the defending champion who is seeking his sixth Basel title in seven years, served 10 aces against the 83rd-ranked qualifier.

The top-ranked Swiss is heavily favored to claim his seventh title this year after US Open champion Andy Murray pulled out with a back injury on Friday. The Briton's withdrawal elevated Juan Martin del Porto of Argentina to No 2 seed.

Also Monday, third-seeded Richard Gasquet of France rallied past Robin Haase of the Netherlands 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, Julien Benneteau of France beat Russia's Andrey Kuznetzov 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, and Polish qualifier Lukasz Kubot defeated Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-4, 6-4.

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