Roger Federer won his 17th consecutive match at the Swiss Indoors on Thursday, dispatching Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 7-5 to reach the quarter-finals.
The top seed, unbeaten in Basel since 2013, is an eight-time winner of his home event and will next play against either Frenchman Gilles Simon or Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis.
The 37-year-old Federer ranked third in the world, trailed to an early break but soon recovered for 3-all in the opening set.
He then broke for 5-3 before closing out the opener in 27 minutes.
The second set stayed on serve until a fifth double-fault from Struff, which opened the door for Federer to move 6-5 ahead.
Moments later, the 20-time Grand Slam champion served out a 41st victory of the season with a volley into the empty court on his first match…
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