October 23, 2018 -- Basel, Switzerland
Roger took the court for his first round in his hometown tournament today against Filip Krajinovic. The crowd was not disappointed as the young Serbian went toe to toe with the 37-year old Swiss star. While Roger didn't feel like he played his best, he hung on and won the match 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
"I served bad, I did not find angles and lines in the correct way. I will have to improve," he said.
He will face Jan-Lennard Struff in the next round of the Swiss Indoors tournament.
Roger has won this tournament 8 times and has a 66-9 record here. He has reached the final in 11 straight appearances (2006-2015, 2017). Out of his 17 main draw appearances, Roger has made 13 finals, holding an 8-5 record. He has a 15-match winning streak in Basel since his last loss which was in 2013 to Juan Martin del Potro in the final. Roger is 39-7 this season with three titles, he has been in five finals.