Roger Federer did not deliver an excellent tennis against Philipp Kohlschreiber in the Dubai tournament opening round, but that was still enough to prevail in three sets, 6-4 3-6 6-1. The Swiss, like in every match, hit some amazing shots both from the baseline and the net. He will face Fernando Verdasco on Wednesday for the seventh time in career, the Basel native leads head to head meetings 6-0. Analyzing his win, Federer said: "I think I was maybe expecting a little better. I mean, the first two sets, especially the first set and a half, I thought was so hard on the rhythm. I really struggled to get everything going. At the same time I was in the lead, so no need to be down on yourself there or talk it down."