Basel R2 previews and picks: Federer vs. Kohlschreiber, Isner vs. Sock

The Grandstand

Fed 1Roger Federer will be back in action in Basel on Thursday, when he takes the court against Philipp Kohlschreiber. Fellow Americans and doubles partners John Isner and Jack Sock are also aiming for a spot in the quarterfinals.

(1) Roger Federer vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber

Federer will take a 57-9 lifetime record at the Swiss Indoors Basel with him into second-round action on Thursday. The six-time champion improved to that mark by making 6-1, 6-2 mincemeat out of Mikhail Kukushkin in Tuesday’s opener. Federer is 54-9 for the season and looking poised to recover in fine fashion from a surprising loss of his Shanghai opening match to Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Up next for the No. 1 seed is Kohlschreiber in what will be an 11th chapter in one of the more lopsided head-to-head matchups on the ATP Tour. All 10 of the previous encounters between the two veterans have gone Federer’s way, including three on…

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