A too casual Federer gave some shivers to his fans in Dubai opener.
Roger had a very good start to win the first game with 2 aces, a powerful forehand a wonderful volley. In the following game Roger squandered a couple of break points to then have a very casual tennis for the entire set. Roger lost his service in the 11th game to lose the set.
That was a bit weird as the difference between the two was rather obvious. If Roger was focused he was vastly superior. In fact, the Swiss bageled Jaziri in the second set to win also the decider conceding only 2 games. The final score was 5-7 6-0 6-2 with Federer winning 87 points vs. Jaziri’s 60.
“It important to sort of react and make sure I didn’t panic,” said the world no.2 . “But, of course your mind starts to wander, especially in a match where there is hardly any rallies. He’s going for broke on every return. All you’re trying to do is get into some rallies, and you’re missing a lot yourself.
“It was a difficult match for me out here tonight, but I’m happy I found a way and got a day off now so I can work a little bit on the game. Just maybe the pressure is off a little bit, and then automatically I will play a lot better in the second round.”
Federer will face either Granollers or Montanes in the next round.
Today Djokovic will play his dear friend and compatriot Viktor Troiki in the first round.