Roger Federer plays Philipp Kohlschreiber in the opening round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Monday, February 25. The match will begin from around 7 pm local time (3 pm BST) and get all the Roger Federer v Philipp Kohlschreiber live streaming options here.
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Roger Federer v Philipp Kohlschreiber Head to Head
The two players have met on the ATP circuit 13 times and Federer leads the Head-to-Head 13-0. It has been a convincing dominance by the Swiss, with the match-up and playing style of the German, suiting him.
Federer Looking For Confident Start
Seven time Dubai champion Roger Federer returns to Dubai after missing out in 2018, looking for his 100th ATP title. This is Federer’s first tournament since his fourth round loss at the Australian Open to Stefan Tsitsipas. Federer’s last visit to Dubai, was in 2017, where he had an unexpected early loss.
Federer is no stranger to the Dubai tournament , with many successful visits, winning the title seven times. Having mentioned that his schedule includes the Sunshine Masters, as well as his intention to play on the clay, he will be looking for a good run at Dubai, to set him up well for the next few months.
The Swiss maestro does not have an easy draw, however. He begins his campaign again close friend Philip Kohlschreiber, and his half of the draw also includes giant server Milos Raonic, and rising Next Gen members like Karen Khachanov and Borna Coric.
Kohlschrieber Looking for First Win Against Swiss Legend
German veteran Philip Kohlschreiber has been on the men’s circuit for a decade and has been a gritty competitor throughout his career. The 35 year old is currently ranked number 33 on the ATP tour but has been ranked as high as number 16.
An all-court player with emphasis on baseline play, the German has strong groundstrokes with a solid forehand and an equally good single handed backhand. Kohlschreiber has made the round of 16 at the grand slams on 11 occasions and beaten many a top ranked player en route.
Kohlschreiber and Federer have been hitting partners on several occasions, including the warm-up to the tournament here.
Roger Federer v Philipp Kohlschreiber Predictions & Tips
Having practiced recently, they will be familiar with each other’s current form. Not having played since the Australian Open, Federer maybe a little rusty due to lack of match practice. The German will look to capitalize on that in the early stages of the match. A good match on the cards, but expect Federer to win in two sets once he gets over early rust and nerves.
You can watch & bet on Roger Federer v Philipp Kohlschreiber on Monday, February 25. The match is scheduled to start from 3 pm BST.