Roger Federer looks to catch his 100th ATP Tour title at the Dubai Open on Saturday March 2nd, once the world no. 7 matches rising celebrity Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Federer is a heavy favorite over the youthful Greek star, however came out on the losing side of their last head-to-head matchup.Federer last won in Dubai at 2015, which was his seventh time winning in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
Since the Australian Open, the 37-year-old has had a schedule leading up to Dubai, with never played in a championship since. The rest has proved rewarding as he has had a relatively straightforward route to the finals.In fact, he’s actually been improving as the tournament wears on. Federer advanced with three-set wins over Fernando Verdasco and Philipp Kohlschreiber during the first two rounds.
From the quarter-finals, despite having a near first set with M??rton Fucsovics, he prevailed 7-6 (8-6) 6-4. He made quick work of world no. 13 Borna ??ori?? from the semi-finals by winning 6-2 6-2.
A win on Saturday would give both titles in Dubai to Federer and a 100th career ATP Tour title win.
While I watched a relatively simple route for Federer to achieve at the Dubai Open finals when the lure was made, I was unsure just how much Tsitsipas would have left after claiming the title in Marseille last Sunday. He won all four games from France in straight sets.
Tsitsipas hasn’t dropped off though this week after the triumph, finding himself at the Dubai Open Finals after beating the 23rd rated Gael Monfils 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(4).When he faces Tsitsipas on Saturday, a win would give him both eight names in Dubai and a 100th career ATP Tour title win.His path to the finals has not been the hardest though when you consider his competitors were: Matthew Ebden (47th), Egor Gerasimov (155th), along with Hubert Hurkacz (77th) throughout the opening three rounds.
Tsitsipas has his sights on a top 10 placing after this tournament the result on Saturday in the ATP rankings.
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