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Federer has it easy against Tipsarevic

BASEL: Roger Federer turned in a second consecutive dream performance on Wednesday to give his home fans more satisfaction as he defeated Serb Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-4 at the Swiss Indoors.

The one-hour effort surprised even the in-form top seed. “That's two perfect matches in a row,” said the Swiss, who was equally ruthless in the first round on Monday.

“How much better can it get? I played well, served well and had hardly any errors. This is about as good as it gets. If I can keep it like this for the whole event, that would be amazing.”

Federer is now into the quarterfinals as he bids to seize back the title he lost to Novak Djokovic a year ago, following a three-year trophy run at the St. Jakobshalle, where he got his start in the sport as a teenage ball-boy.

Not over-confident

But the world number two does not want to risk over-confidence either.

“Beating Janko (who took him to five sets in their last match at the 2008 Australian Open) is a good win. He's on a Davis Cup finals team after all.”

Federer got the job done in exactly one hour, leaving him plenty of time to cross the road and find his VIP seat at the Champions League fixture between his club Basel and visiting Italian side Roma.

Fourth seed Andy Roddick was planning on dining in at his central city hotel after passing up on the chance to attend the football.

Roddick marked his return to tennis after injuring his knee a fortnight ago in Shanghai in the 7-5, 7-6 (8/6) defeat to fellow American Sam Querrey to reach the second round. The American, who last played here in a 2003 semifinal, resumed the hunt for a place in the eight-man ATP season final, where three spots remain open.

Roddick hammered his trademark aces with abandon, totting up 16 in just over 90 minutes of battle.

Querrey, another big hitter, managed 16 but put a backhand into the net on Roddick's first match point to make an early exit on his debut appearance.

“My injury from Asia felt fine,” said Roddick. “After being sick (with glandular fever) in the summer and then the Shanghai injury, it's good to play a solid match.”

“There is always that element of not knowing what to expect. Playing Sam is tough, and the tie-breaker was not easy.”

In other first-round matches, veteran Czech Radek Stepanek beat Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker 6-3, 7-6 (7/5), while Finn Jarkko Niemimen, a losing finalist against Federer in 2007, defeated German Daniel Brands 6-3, 6-2 in round one.

Paul-Henri Mathieu put in a bid for inclusion on the French Davis Cup finals team to face Serbia with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over recent Stockholm finalist Florian Mayer of Germany.

Dutchman Robin Haase joined Federer in the last eight as he beat the day's second American, sending out eighth seed John Isner 6-2, 6-7 (7), 7-5.

The results:

At Basel (Swiss indoors): First round: Andy Roddick bt Sam Querrey 7-5, 7-6(8); Paul-Henri Mathieu bt Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-3; Jarkko Nieminen bt Daniel Brands 6-3, 6-2; Radek Stepanek bt Thiemo de Bakker 6-3, 7-6(7).

Second round: Roger Federer bt Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-4; Robin Haase bt John Isner 6-2, 6-7 (7), 7-5.

At Valencia: First Round: Marcel Granollers bt Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-4; Pablo Cuevas bt Albert Ramos 6-3, 6-4; Gael Monfils bt Eduardo Schwank 6-3, 6-3;

Second round: Gilles Simon bt Fernando Verdasco 6-1, 6-3; Juan Monaco bt Andy Murray 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 . — AFP

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