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Roger Federer hit the 1500th ATP match in his career by facing Peter Gojowczyk

Roger Federer hit the 1500th ATP match in his career by facing Peter Gojowczyk

Today's opening match of the Basel Open 2019 will bring 38-year-old Swiss tennis player Roger Federer to the 1500th match of his career.

* Federer - Gojowczyk: 01:00, Tuesday, October 22, GMT+8 time.

The tournament in Basel's homeland has always had a special meaning for Federer. Before holding the most number-one championship record in this ATP 500 event, he was a boy picking up the ball here in 1994.

If successfully defending this year's championship, it will be the 10th title of the "Express Train" in the Open Basel. But before that, when meeting German opponent Peter Gojowczyk in today's opening match, Federer will have the 1500th round match in the framework of ATP. In 1499 games played, he won 1231 and won 268 matches.

Federer is having a successful 2019 season with a record of 47 wins, 8 losses, reaching an 85.5% win rate - just behind Nadal's 88.9%), and extending the record for ATP Finals up 17 times.

However, up to five of the eight matches, the Swiss player failed in the deciding set, including three quarter-finals and two finals. "I have forgotten them. It is necessary to move forward," the world number three player told a press conference ahead of the 2019 Basel Open.

Federer has only three ATP titles in the 2019 season and failed to make it to the quarter-finals of the last three tournaments. But the 38-year-old is still very confident in his 13th appearance at Basel. "I feel this is a good year. I have a good start and hope to reach my goal by the end of the year. I love playing in the indoor tournaments and looking forward to a good result coming in Basel," Federer said.

The 2019 Basel Open will take place from October 21-27. Showing the number one seed, Federer will have his match against the player from the Peter Gojowczyk qualifier. If it goes well, he will join seventh seed Stan Wawrinka to create the Swiss civil war in the quarter-finals. Federer is in a 23-3 advantage over fellow Wawrinka, including a semi-final victory at Basel itself in 2011.

Today's opening match of the Basel Open 2019 will bring 38-year-old Swiss tennis player Roger Federer to the 1500th match of his career.