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Roger Federer beats Benjamin Becker

Updated: October 22, 2012, 5:16 PM ET
Associated Press

BASEL, Switzerland -- Roger Federer eased to victory in the first round of his hometown Swiss Indoors event on Monday, beating Germany's Benjamin Becker 7-5, 6-3.

Federer, the defending champion who is seeking his sixth Basel title in seven years, served 10 aces against the 83rd-ranked qualifier.

The top-ranked Swiss is heavily favored to claim his seventh title this year after U.S. Open champion Andy Murray pulled out with a back injury on Friday. The Briton's withdrawal elevated ...

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