Roger Federer will be bidding for an incredible seventh crown when the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships gets underway later this month.
The defending Dubai champion recently wrote yet another page in the history books when he won Brisbane last month to earn not only his 83rd title but his 1000th singles victory, something achieved only twice before in the Open era stretching back to 1968.
He has long been the player to beat and his record in Dubai is second to none, with his success at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium now a far cry from his debut in 2002 when he produced a lacklustre performance against Rainer Schuettler that led to a second round defeat.
The Swiss maestro rebounded in spectacular style the following year, sweeping through the draw without dropping a set and beating Jiri Novak in the final to begin a spectacular run of success that shows no sign of abating.
Now the Super Swiss is ready to launch his bid for an amazing seventh title and, after a stunning 2014 season that saw him win five titles and reach a further six finals, he is full of confidence.
“I think I’m serving more consistent and stronger than I ever have.
I definitely think the (new) racquet has helped me with that as well a little bit. My concentration is there – better than it’s ever been – because I feel, over time, you always want to improve. I feel I’m playing very well.”
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