World No. 1 Roger Federer marches on for 7th ATP title in 2012 at the Swiss Indoors
Roger Federer initiated his campaign for a sixth title at the Swiss Indoors by defeating Benjamin Becker 7-5, 6-3 on Monday. The world no. 1 had a couple of shaky moments against the substitute opponent, but Swiss maestro came back strongly to reach the second round of the tournament.
Benjamin Becker, who is ranked 83rd and has a single career title, replaced Jeremy Chardy after the Frenchman backed out of the tournament due to an injury.
The 31-year-old tennis legend, Roger Federer stepped on the court as a ballboy at this tournament almost two decades ago. Now, Roger Federer can boast about winning five of the last six times at St Jakobshalle.
This wasn’t the first time Roger Federer was up against Benjamin Becker. The persistent German tennis player was defeated twice by Roger Federer in 2010.
“I was well-prepared to play Becker instead of Chardy,” Roger Federer said. “You have to keep the game of these guys in mind, You don't play them that much but you need to know how they play.”
Roger Federer is running for his 77th career title this week. The 2012 Wimbledon champion has spent more than 300 weeks as the ATP number one.
Roger Federer finished up Benjamin Becker in one and a half hour. Roger Federer, who had recorded 10 aces, finished the last in less than half an hour. Yet, Roger Federer had a couple of weak moments in the game.
The silver medalist at the 2012 London Olympics, missed six break points in the opening set and went on a break in the second before putting the pedal down and finishing the game in epic fashion.
“I don't know exactly how I changed it around,” said Roger Federer, who was playing his first match since being defeated by Andy Murray at the Shanghai semi-final just nine days ago.
“He broke me at 2-3 but I was able to get it straight back. It all went so fast at the end, but the first set was really tough.”
Roger Federer’s victory against Benjamin Becker was his 65th win this season. The Swiss international has only been defeated nine times this season. Moreover, Roger Federer has won six ATP titles in 2012.
“It is just so great to play at home as world number one after the season I've had,” Roger Federer said. “It's a wonderful feeling to be here playing at the top of my game. Sometimes things just all come together.”