Roger Federer cruised to his 200th career match win on clay Wednesday dusting veteran Finn Jarrko Nieminen 6-2, 7-5 in the opening round at the inaugural Istanbul Open.
“I’m happy that I won my first match ever in Turkey,” said Federer who becomes one of seven active players to reach 200 on clay. “In the second set Jarkko started playing better and I’m happy that I managed to close the match.”
Federer will enjoy a day off Thursday before the quarterfinals on Friday against Daniel Gimeno-Traver.
“Tomorrow I have a day off and I will enjoy and do a sightseeing trip by boat on the Bosphorus to see some more of this beautiful city,” Federer said.
Tomorrow, second seed Grigor Dimitrov takes on Andrey Golubev.
Also on Thursday, Andy Murray makes his 2015 clay debut playing his first match as a married man. He’ll face German qualifier Mischa Zverev.
Earlier today, Murray teamed with Jean-Julien Rojer to win in the doubles.
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