Roger Federer appears to catch his 100th ATP Tour title in the Dubai Open on Saturday March 2nd, once the world no. 7 matches rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Federer is a heavy favorite over the young Greek star, nevertheless came out on the losing side of their last head-to-head matchup.Federer last earned in Dubai in 2015, which was his seventh period winning at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
Since the Australian Open, the 37-year-old has had a program leading around Dubai, having never played in a championship since. The rest has proved worthwhile as he has had a comparatively straightforward path to the finals.In reality, he’s actually been improving as the tournament wears on. Federer advanced with three-set wins over Philipp Kohlschreiber and Fernando Verdasco during the first two rounds.
From 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 saw a route for Federer to reach at the Dubai Open finals once the lure was made, I was uncertain just how much Tsitsipas would have left only last Sunday, after claiming the title in Marseille. He won all four matches in France in straight sets.
Tsitsipas hasn’t dropped though this week following the win, finding himself at the Dubai Open Finals after beating the 23rd rated Gael Monfils 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(4).When he faces Tsitsipas on Saturday, a win would give him equally eight titles in Dubai and a 100th career ATP Tour title win.His route to the finals hasn’t been the hardest 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 following this championship no matter the outcome on Saturday in the ATP rankings.