Eighteen-time champion Roger Federer started his grass-court season campaign with a win over Yuichi Sugita of Japan in the first round of this year’s edition of the Gerry Weber Open.
The eight-time Halle champion wrapped up the game in just 52 minutes with 6-3, 6-1 victory, a bounced back from his surprise defeat in the first round in Stuttgart last week over German Veteran Tommy Haas.
Federer won 24-of-25 of the points played behind his first serve against Sugita and hit seven aces along the way to secure his 1100th career victory on the ATP tour.
“I played the way I wanted to play – aggressively. I took charge from the baseline and served well. Overall, I’m very happy.” Federer said in the official ATP website
Federer was supposed to face Lu-Yen-Hsun but the 33-year-old pulled out to the match due to an arm injury that’s why Sugita was in thrust to play.
35-year-old Federer needs 157 more victories to surpass the all-time record of match wins of James Scott Connors, a retired American world No. 1 tennis player, at Tour level.
The Swiss is set to play in the second round and will focus winning the event against home hope Mischa Zverev of Germany, who beat Slovakian qualifier Lukas Lacko 6-4, 6-4.
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