Federer admits win was not easy
Rodger Federer admitted beating Fernando Verdasco in three sets in the Dubai Tennis Championships was 'tricky'.
The Swiss ace looked to be on course for a comfortable victory after he took the first set 6-3 but he was broken in the second and lost the set by the same scoreline.
He looked to be heading to a tie-break in the third set before breaking Verdasco late on to take the win, but he admitted it was not an easy victory.
"It was very tricky," he said.
"I think he got off to a slow start especially on his serve. That was the story of the first set.
"I think he starting playing much better in the second set. I might have had a few chances there but he was really able to raise his game and for some reason, I couldn't stay with him.
"The third set is always going to be a close one when you can't get a break in the first couple of games.
"So I’m really happy the end was strong. The last few games were great.
"The crowd got really excited and that makes me very happy.”
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