Roger Federer cruised into the quarterfinals of the Swiss Indoors Basel on Thursday by rolling over Frenchman Benoit Paire in Basel, Switzerland. It took Federer just 57 minutes to notch the 6-1, 6-3 triumph as he reached the quarterfinals of his hometown tournament for the 15th time.
The eight-time Swiss Indoors champ was pleased with his play while remaining unbeaten against Paire in five lifetime meetings.
“It feels nice. I’ve played good tennis from the start of this tournament,” the top-seeded Federer said afterward. “There’s always extra pressure playing at home and wanting to do well and trying to stay in the tournament.
“I’m happy to be through to the quarters and we’ll see what happens now.”
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Federer ripped through the opening set and piled on more pressure in the second after Paire took a massage treatment on his back after losing the opener. World No. 2 Federer remained in command as he broke Paire to love in the seventh game, with the French player sending down his second double fault to drop the game.
Federer made it a comfortable 5-3, with Paire sending a return well wide. The 19-time Grand Slam champion Swiss earned a match point in the ensuing game, which his opponent saved with a service winner.
Federer next plays seventh-seeded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, who produced a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Canadian Denis Shapovalov. Shapovalov started the match well before Mannarino rallied to dominate the final two sets.
The 36-year-old Federer, winner of his last event in Shanghai this month, is seeking an ATP-leading seventh trophy this season as he aims for the weekend final in his hometown.