World number 1 Roger Federer has opened his quest for the 10th title in Helle with a solid 6-3 6-4 win over Aljaz Bedene in an hour and 11 minutes for his 1969th ATP win on grass and the 60th at one of his most favorite tournaments. This was their second meeting of the season, following straight sets win for Roger in Melbourne, and the Swiss controlled the pace in this one as well, never facing a break point and stealing rival's serve once in each set to clinch the win and continue where he left in Stuttgart last week when he won his 98th ATP title and the 18th on grass.
Roger lost just eight points on serve and Bedene was nowhere near that level, losing 40% of the points in his games and having to play against seven break chances. Federer had 31 winners and 17 unforced errors while Bedene managed to stay on a solid 24-24 ratio, although it wasn't enough for such a strong rival.
Everything worked well for the Swiss right from the start and he fired up his return already in the second game, creating five break chances and converting the last one to move 2-0 up when Aljaz sent a forehand long. Four service winners in game three sent Roger 3-0 in front and that one break he earned proved to be crucial.
He wasted a set point on the return in game eight but the set was in his hands after three service winners in game nine, wrapping it up in 36 minutes. Bedene was powerless on the return in set number two as well but this time he defended his serve more efficiently, staying in touch with Roger until game nine.
There, Federer got the break with a deep return and he crossed the finish line after a forehand winner in game 10 that propelled him into the second round where he has to play against Benoit Paire. First round results: