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Roger Federer back at it in Gstaad, Switzerland


Roger Federer, left, tries to play the alphorn during the Swiss Open in Gstaad, Switzerland, Tuesday.


Roger Federer defeated Tomas Behrend 6-1, 6-1 Tuesday in the first round of the Swiss Open.

"I came to Gstaad without any expectations," said Federer, who won his second straight Wimbledon title on Sunday. "If I play that well again in the second round, of course I'll be happy."

A ceremony was held on center court before the match to honor the top-ranked Swiss star. Federer joined in to play a tune on a traditional Swiss alphorn.

Federer recorded his 21st victory in his last 22 matches. He has won three titles during the stretch: Hamburg and Halle, both in Germany, and Wimbledon.

Federer, who posted his 24th straight grass-court victory on Sunday, is making his seventh appearance in Gstaad but is still seeking his first tournament title in his home country.

Earlier, Stefan Koubek of Austria upset second-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain 7-6 (4), 6-4. Ferrero is still seeking his first title of the season.

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