Basel, Switzerland :Novak Djokovic beat Andreas Beck of Germany 6-3, 7-5 on Tuesday in the first round at Swiss Indoors.
The third-ranked Serb, who recorded an ATP tour-leading 67th win of the year, earned match point with his 10th ace and won when Beck netted a forehand.
"My strokes were very solid today. I could have finished the match in a shorter time but he pulled out some good serves," he said.
Djokovic is is playing in the main draw for the first time and seeded to meet hometown favorite Roger Federer in the final. He said he had received "great hospitality" at Federer's home event. Federer faces Italy's Andreas Seppi in the second round on Wednesday.
"It's normal that everyone is looking at him," Djokovic said. "Bottom line is that he's the best in the world."
Djokovic next plays 59th-ranked Jan Hernych of Czech Republic, who beat Australia's Peter Luczak 6-3, 6-4.
Djokovic twice broke Beck's serve for a 5-1 lead, but dropped serve and then wasted a set point at 5-2.
He replied with a service game at love, clinching the set with a drop volley that balanced on the net cord before falling forward.
The second set went with serve through 10 games, though Djokovic had to rally from 15-40 when trailing 4-3.
Djokovic created his break opportunity with a double-fisted backhand passing shot, then took it when Beck sent a forehand long.
Swiss wild card Marco Chiudinelli upset eighth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-5.
Chiudinelli, was soon back on court partnering childhood friend Federer in the doubles. The two local residents lost 6-4, 6-3 to James Cerretani of the United States and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi from Pakistan.
In other first-round matches, Evgeny Korolev of Russia rallied to beat Italy's Simone Bolelli 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2, Viktor Troicki of Serbia ousted Benjamin Becker of Germany 6-2, 7-6 (5) and Finland's Jarkko Nieminen beat France's Julien Benneteau 7-5, 6-2.