ATP Dubai Duty Free Championships: Roger Federer sees off Benjamin Becker 6-1 6-4
Last Updated: 24/02/14 6:12pm
Roger Federer: No dramas in Dubai first round
Roger Federer cruised into the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Championships courtesy of a straight-sets win over Benjamin Becker.
The world number eight, seeded fourth at the hardcourt event, powered through the first set of his tournament opener 6-1 and closed out victory by taking the second 6-4.
Becker's only break point came when Federer was serving for the match, however he failed to take advantage as the five-time champion closed out the win after an hour's play.
Federer showed flashes of brilliance, not least midway through the second set when he produced a sublime 'hot dog' lob to help hold serve.
The Swiss star will play either the Czech Republic's Radek Stepanek or American Michael Russell in the last 16.
Becker's German counterpart Philipp Kohlschreiber advanced, though, the No 7 seed defeating Dutchman Thiemo De Bakker 6-3 6-3 in Monday's final game.
Dmitry Tursunov is also through to the second round after the number eight seed defeated qualifier Lukas Lacko 7-5 6-1.
Andreas Seppi had to come from behind to beat Florian Mayer 4-6 6-1 7-5, whilst Roberto Bautista Agut eased past qualifier Adrian Ungar 6-1 6-3 to take his place in the second round and a likely meeting with number one seed Novak Djokovic.