Roger Federer has won the first round of his hometown Swiss Indoors event after a six-week break from action. He defeated Italy's Potito Starace, 7-6, 6-4, to advance. Federer got off to a slow start, but was able to find himself in the tie-breaker in the first to take the lead one set to none.
His last match prior to this tournament was against Bernard Tomic in a Davis Cup match which he won in four sets. This was Federer's first match played where he has been ranked outside the top three since 2003. He has defeated Starace on their five other meetings, however, was unable to put immediate pressure this time around.
Federer is the third seed in the Swiss Indoors behind Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray who has won his last three straight in Asia. Federer will face Finland's Jarkko Nieminen, a 6(5)-7, 6-4, 6-3 winner over Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci in opening round action.