Roger Federer has appeared in the last eight finals in his hometown.
Basel, Switzerland (SportsNetwork.com) -
Five-time champion and Basel native Roger Federer notched an opening-round victory, while French Open king Rafael Nadal was an easy second-round winner Wednesday at the $1.87 Swiss Indoors Basel tennis tournament.
The top-seeded former world No. 1 Federer leveled left-hander Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-2, 6-1 in a mere 47 minutes, while the second-seeded former top- ranked superstar Nadal blew away helpless French qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-1, 6-1 in 56 minutes to reach the quarterfinals on the hardcourts at St. Jakobshalle.
The amazing Federer, now 52-9 lifetime here, has appeared in the last eight finals in his hometown, and in addition to his five tiles, he's also a five- time runner-up in Basel. He lost to Argentine star Juan Martin del Potro in the last two title tilts.