TENNIS

Dubai Tennis Championships : Roger Federer Begins Hunt For 100th ATP Title

Roger Federer began his latest quest for a 100th ATP title with a battling 6-4 3-6 6-1 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber in the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Monday.

Competing for the first time since his fourth round defeat by Stefanos Tsitsipas at last month's Australian Open, World Number Seven Federer overcame a blip midway through his match before rallying to beat Germany's Kohlschreiber.

The 20-time Grand Slam Champion, who has been stuck on 99 titles since Triumphing at his hometown Basel Tournament last October, next faces Fernando Verdasco after the World Number 32 got past Italian qualifier Thomas Fabbiano 3-6 6-3 6-2.

The second seeded Swiss has never lost to Verdasco in six meetings, last beating the 35-year-old Spanish in Dubai four years ago.