Roger Federer looks to catch his 100th ATP Tour title in the Dubai Open on Saturday March 2nd, when the world no. 7 meets rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Federer is a heavy favorite over the young Greek star, however came out on the losing side of the last head-to-head matchup.Federer last earned 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 with not played in a tournament since. The rest has proved rewarding as he has had a relatively straightforward route to the finals.In fact, he has actually been improving as the championship wears on. Federer advanced with three-set wins over Philipp Kohlschreiber and Fernando Verdasco during the first two rounds.
In the quarter-finals, despite having a close first set with M??rton Fucsovics, he prevailed 7-6 (8-6) 6-4. He made quick work of planet no. 13 Borna ??ori?? in the semi-finals by winning 6-2 6-2.
A win on Saturday would give Federer both titles in Dubai and a 100th career ATP Tour title triumph.
While I watched a relatively simple route for Federer to achieve the Dubai Open finals once the draw was made, I was unsure how much Tsitsipas could have abandoned last Sunday, after claiming the title in Marseille. He won all four matches in France in straight sets.
Tsitsipas hasn’t dropped off though this week following the win, finding himself at the Dubai Open Finals after defeating the 23rd ranked Gael Monfils 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(4).When he faces Tsitsipas on Saturday, a win could give him both eight names in Dubai and also a 100th career ATP Tour title win.His path to the finals hasn’t been the most challenging though when you believe his opponents 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 in the ATP rankings following this championship the result on Saturday.
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