Roger Federer heads into his Dubai Championships which serves off today (Monday) convinced that it’s only a matter of time until he wins his record-setting 100th career title.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who has long used the emirate as a winter training base, will take to the court for the first time since his Australian Open fourth-round defeat to Stefano Tsitsipas.
The Greek youngster is also in the field, with the pair in opposite halves of the draw.
The 37-year-old Swiss, seeded second behind tournament debutant Kei Nishikori, explained on Sunday that he is perfectly content to let things take their natural course and is not stressing over finally cracking his trophy century.
“That’s got to be the mindset, that you try your best every match, every week anyway.
“Things fall into place or they don’t. It’s not because of lack of effort,” says Federer who reached the 99 mark in October.
The tennis icon added: “We’ve been talking about 99 titles ever since Basel, every tournament I’ve played.
“There’s nothing new. Of course, coming to Dubai where I’ve enjoyed a lot of success sort of makes you believe maybe it could happen here.
“Then again, the draw is tough. I haven’t played in a few weeks, so you reset everything, get ready for your first round, hope everything is going to click again here in Dubai.”
Federer will begin his quest for a record eighth Dubai title as he takes a 14-0 record into his first-round contest on Monday night against long-time friend and rival Philipp Kohlschreiber.
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