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Roger Federer wins easily at Basel in 1,500th tour singles match

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BASEL, Switzerland — Playing in his 1,500th tour-level match, Roger Federer needed just 53 minutes to cruise past German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk 6-2, 6-1 Monday at his hometown Swiss Indoors event.

Switzerland's Roger Federer acknowledges the crowd after winning his first round match against Germany's Peter Gojowczyk at the Swiss Indoor tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. (Georgios Kefalas/Keystone via AP)

Switzerland’s Roger Federer acknowledges the crowd after winning his first round match against Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk at the Swiss Indoor tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. (Georgios Kefalas/Keystone via AP)

The nine-time Basel champion hit 12 aces in the first-round match to extend his winning streak at St. Jakobhalle to 21 straight matches, and improve his ATP career record to 1,232 wins and 268 losses.

The 38-year-old Swiss is top-seeded this week as he looks to add to his 102 career tour titles.

Federer won the last four times he played the Swiss Indoors — missing the 2016 edition through injury — since a 2013 final loss against Juan Martin del Potro.

He next plays 33rd-ranked Dusan Lajovic or 49th-ranked Radu Albot.

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