Dubai, United Arab Emirates (4E Sports) – Fourth seed Roger Federer opened his campaign for a sixth Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Benjamin Becker Monday.
The 32-year-old Federer broke Becker three times and won 76 percent of his service points to improve to 4-0 against his No. 90-ranked opponent and 38-5 overall in the event.
“I’m extremely happy with today’s match,” said Federer, who lifted the Dubai trophy in 2003 to 2005, 2007 and 2012. “Coming out and playing free tennis like that right off the bat is a good feeling.”
Meanwhile, eighth seed Dmitry Tursunov also made a strong start, dismissing qualifier Lukas Lacko 7-5, 6-1.
The Russian saved the four break points he faced and won 72 percent of his service points for victory in 70 minutes.
Andreas Seppi fought from a set down to defeat Florian Mayer 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 in just under two hours. The Italian created 17 break point chances and converted five of them as he notched just his second win of the season.
Seppi goes on to face seventh seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, who defeated qualifier Thiemo de Bakker, 6-3, 6-3, in 65 minutes.
Roberto Bautista Agut set a potential second-round clash with top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic after defeating qualifier Adrian Ungur, 6-1, 6-3, in 66 minutes.
On the women’s side, top seed Carla Suarez Navarro advanced to the second round of the Brasil Tennis Cup with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Timea Babos of Hungary.
Defending champion Monica Niculescu also advanced after beating Slovakian Anna Schmiedlova, 6-0, 4-6, 6-2.
In other matches, second seed Garbine Muguruza defeated American Vania King, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, while Barbora Zahlavova Strycova upset former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, 6-4, 1-6, 7-5.
Other winners were Alexandra Cadantu, Chanelle Scheepers and Yaroslava Shvedova.