Jan-Lennard Struff: It's never easy playing Roger Federer in Basel

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Jan-Lennard Struff: It's never easy playing Roger Federer in Basel

To no one's surprise, German Jan-Lennard Struff expects to have a tough task on Thursday when he meets Basel native Roger Federer in the Basel round-of-16. Struff, ranked at No. 52 in the world, prevented an US Open rematch between Federer and Australian John Millman.

The German handed 7-6 (3) 6-2 loss to world No. 36 Millman in the Basel first round. Millman made headlines this past US Open when he shockingly beat record 20-time Grand Slam champion in the US Open round-of-16. It all appeared to be set for a rematch between the two as Federer drew Serb Filip Krajinovic in the first round and Millman drew Struff respectively.

Federer, the No. 1 seed of the Basel main draw, survived a tricky opener as he edged out Krajinovic 6-2 4-6 6-4. But, Millman -- who is having a breakthrough season on the tour -- failed to beat the opponent ranked 16 positions below him and set up another clash against Federer.

The Swiss is a record eight-time Basel champion. The 37-year-old has won it all in the last three Basel tournament editions. "Playing Federer here is tough. I will watch the match (Federer against Krajinovic) with my team and we will try and see what we can do.

It won't be easy for sure," Struff said after his win over Millman. Federer holds a 3-0 head-to-head record against Struff. Also read: Jason Kubler speaks on being nominated for ATP Comeback Player of the Year