Roger Federer adds another tournament to his schedule, seeking ninth Dubai crown

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Roger Federer adds another tournament to his schedule, seeking ninth Dubai crown

The 20-time Major champion Roger Federer hasn't competed for 13 months, struggling with a knee injury and undergoing two surgeries in February and May last year. After the second, Roger decided to wrap up the year and switch focus on 2021, targeting significant results at Wimbledon, the Olympic Games and the US Open.

The Swiss couldn't recover in time for the ongoing Australian Open, staying on the practice court and targeting Doha as his first comeback event in the second week of March. As was expected, Federer will compete at his beloved Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, seeking the ninth desert crown and hoping to continue where he left in 2019 when he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in the title match.

Federer won the first Dubai crown in 2003, buying a house there soon after that and spending almost every winter in this beautiful resort, choosing it at his last stop ahead of the new season. Between 2003-2007, Roger claimed four out of five Dubai titles, losing the 2006 final to Rafael Nadal and returning to the winning course in 2012.

As we already said, Federer's latest trophy in Dubai came in 2019 when he ousted Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 in 70 minutes to celebrate the milestone achievement. The Greek made a top-10 debut with those points, although he stood no chance in the quest for the title, losing serve once in each set and squandering both break chances in the opening set's tenth game.

Federer was super aggressive, taking the ball early and keeping the exchanges on his racquet with 24 winners and 15 unforced errors.

Roger Federer will compete in Dubai, seeking the ninth title.

We saw eight good holds from the young Greek, but that wasn't enough for a more favorable result, losing the crucial points and missing the opportunity to win back-to-back titles after Marseille and celebrate the top-10 debut with the prestigious trophy.

Roger was off to a strong start, breaking Stefanos at 15 in the first game when the youngster sprayed a forehand error to settle into a nice rhythm and march through his service games until 5-4. Out of a sudden, Stefanos found the zone on the return and created those two break chances that could have shifted the course of the match towards his side.

Federer stayed focused and fended off both break chances to secure the opener following Tsitsipas' forehand error. Nothing could separate them in the second set's initial eight games, with solid hitting on both sides before Tsitsipas netted an easy forehand to send Federer 5-4 up, allowing the opponent to serve for the title.

Three winners pushed the Swiss 40-0 up in that tenth game, and he sealed the deal when Stefanos netted a forehand to start a massive celebration.