It took two hours and 11 minutes to Roger Federer to defeat Filip Krajinovic at the Swiss Indoors in Basel. The 37-year-old prevailed in three sets, 6-2 4-6 6-4, after what was a tough match for him. In the first set Federer broke Krajinovic twice in a row, while the second set was much more complicated: Federer broke his opponent in the opening game, but then got broken back when he was leading 6-2 3-2.
Krajinovic led 5-3, he got broken but Federer struggled again on serve and Filip managed to take it to a third. In the decisive set Federer broke Krajinovic during the third game, but it was very complicated for the world No.
3 to get through as he had to save three break points in a row, recovering from 0-40, to lead 4-2. Federer broke Krajinovic again on 4-2 converting his fourth break point in the game, then Roger got broken back but on 5-3 he sealed the win.
In press conference Federer said: 'I served bad, I did not find angles and lines in the correct way. I will have to improve', Roger admitted. He feels proud when playing in Basel: 'I did not want to lose at this moment in the new stadium.' Federer had a long break in the locker room before the third set.
Why? 'It was a good moment to stay away from people to comeback with more energy, have a little bit more privacy. It's easier to stay in a little room than in front of everyone', said the Swiss, who will face Jan-Lennard Struff next.