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Federer too good for Kohlschreiber

25th February 2019, 19:01 by Neil Foster

Roger Federer was made to work hard by Philipp Kohlschreiber before beating the German at the Dubai Tennis Championships.

Federer, 37, was playing a man just two years his junior and did not have things all his own way in the United Arab Emirates.

The Swiss ace took the first set but went down in the second before rallying for a 6-4 3-6 6-1 triumph in his first match since his Australian Open last-16 exit to Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner kept up his record of never having lost to Kohlschreiber in 14 attempts as he seeks an eighth success in Dubai and 100th ATP singles title.

Elsewhere, it was not a good day for the seeds as Russian fourth seed Karen Khachanov lost 6-4 6-1 to Georgian world number 19 Nikoloz Basilashvili and Canada's Milos Raonic, seeded seventh, suffered a three-set loss to Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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