Roger Federer opened his campaign at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship in style. The Swiss player defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber in three sets to reach the second round and book a second round clash against Fernando Verdasco. Federer did not deliver his best tennis and he lost the second set, but he managed to find his rhythm back in the third set and dominate it. The Basel native is seeking his eighth title in the Arab tournament, he last won in 2015 defeating Novak Djokovic in the championship clash. The 37-year-old won his first match since the Australian Open fourth round loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas.