BASEL, Switzerland -- Basel's own Roger Federer and American star Andy Roddick were among Wednesday's winners at the $1.7 million Swiss Indoors tennis event.
The top-seeded former world No. 1 Federer handled scrappy Serbian Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-4 in a second-round match on the indoor hardcourts at St. Jakobshalle, where the hometown hero Federer used to serve as a ball boy.
Federer popped eight aces and held his serve throughout in his one-hour victory over Tipsarevic.
Serbian star Novak Djokovic stunned the Swiss icon Federer in last year's finale here, as Federer was the reigning three-time champion (2006-08) at the time.
Meanwhile, the fourth-seeded former world No. 1 Roddick posted a 7-5, 7-6 (8-6) opening-round victory over fellow American Sam Querrey. Roddick and Querrey combined for 29 aces, including 16 for the winner, who was not broken on Wednesday.
Roddick's second-round opponent on Thursday will be Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev.
Dutch qualifier Robin Haase reached the quarterfinals by ousting eighth-seeded 6-foot-9 American John Isner 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5. The massive-serving Isner launched 13 aces, but also had his serve broken on three occasions and was unable to break Haase in the setback.
In some other opening-round action, France's Paul-Henri Mathieu downed German Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-3, Finland's Jarkko Nieminen erased German qualifier Daniel Brands 6-3, 6-2 and Czech veteran Radek Stepanek, a wild card this week, stopped Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker 6-3, 7-6 (7-5). The qualifier Nieminen should have his hands full with a second-seeded Djokovic here on Thursday.