The nine-time Basel champion Roger Federer made a commanding start of his 19th campaign in the hometown, toppling Peter Gojowczyk 6-2, 6-1 in 52 minutes, competing at his 1500th ATP match in a career. It was the 21st straight win for Federer at this event and the 58th in 61 clashes since 2006, dominating from start to finish to get back on the winning way after the quarter-final loss in Shanghai to Alexander Zverev.
Roger finished the clash with 34 winners and 18 unforced errors, standing as the dominant figure and keeping the points on his racquet on both serve and return to seal the deal in no time at all and deliver the 72nd triumph in Basel overall, making a debut here back in 1998.
The home favorite struggled a little bit on the second serve but had to play against only one break chance, allowing Peter to convert it but stealing the German's serve four times in a row to book the place in the next round.
The opening set lasted just over 20 minutes and Roger had the upper hand all the time, dropping six points in four service games and stealing Peter's serve twice for a commanding 6-2. The Swiss held after deuce in the first game after a forehand error from Gojowczyk who held at love in game two to get his name on the scoreboard.
An ace sent Federer 2-1 in front before breaking Peter at love with some marvelous hitting and a backhand down the line winner to extend the lead, delivering two easy holds and sealing the opener with another break in game eight for a 6-2.
Just like in the first set, Gojowczyk reached deuce on the return in the first game before Roger brought it home, with the Swiss grabbing a break in game two on his fourth chance when the German sprayed a backhand error. Instead of another easy service game, Federer got broken in the third game after wasting two game points, keeping the rival on the positive side of the scoreboard before securing another break in the next game with an incredible running forehand winner that sent him 3-1 in front.
Roger held at 15 to increase the advantage and fired another forehand winner to steal Peter's serve for the fourth straight time, sealing the deal with a quick hold in game seven for the place in the last 16 where he plays against Dusan Lajovic or Radu Albot.