• Dubai - Federer faces Granollers in second round

    2/27/13 12:59 AM | Kelli DeMario
    Dubai - Federer faces Granollers in second round Defending champion Roger Federer is back on court to face Spain's Marcel Granollers for a quarterfinal berth. The players are slated to contest their second ATP World Tour meeting late Wednesday.

    World No. 2 Roger Federer holds a 1-0 series edge against world No. 34 Marcel Granollers, having won their only previous meeting at the 2011 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

    Federer overcame a sluggish start to his first-round match against wildcard Malek Jaziri late Monday. The 31-year-old Swiss dropped the opening set, but recovered to seal the win in three, 5-7, 6-0, 6-2.

    "It important to sort of react and make sure I didn't panic," Federer explained. "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."

    The defending champion is seeking his eighth quarterfinal in Dubai.

    Granollers recorded a first-round victory over fellow Spaniard Albert Montanes in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1. The 26-year-old is bidding for his second quarterfinal berth of the season, having advanced to the same stage in Sydney.

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