Roger Federer plays Stefanos Tsitsipas in the finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and the match will be played on Saturday, March 2. It will kick-start at 7 pm local time (3 pm BST) and get the latest Roger Federer v Stefanos Tsitsipas live streaming options here.
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Roger Federer v Stefanos Tsitsipas Head to Head
The players have met once so far on the ATP tour, with Tsitsipas winning at the Australian Open earlier this year in four tight sets. They also met at the Hopman Cup which Federer won in two tight tiebreaks.
Title #100 Within Striking Reach
Roger Federer is one match away from his 100th career title, and in his way is the Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas, who upset him in the Australian Open a few weeks ago. Federer did not have the most convincing of starts to the tournament this week, playing three setters in the earlier rounds, and looking rusty and short of match practice.
Federer played his best match of the week against another upcoming player, Borna Coric from Croatia. Coric had beaten Federer on the last two occasions they met, but Federer looked strong and in control from the beginning, and won comfortably 6-2, 6-2.
The Federer backhand, that was the cornerstone of his success in 2017, has looked vulnerable throughout the week. The Swiss will be hoping all aspects of his game are clicking, as he aims to win another Dubai title and be ready for the Sunshine Masters starting next week.
Tsitsipas Looking for a Repeat Performance
Greek wunderkind Stefanos Tsitsipas has gone from strength to strength in the last 12 months. An Australian Open semi-final, was followed by another title at Marseille last week, and the finals run here has put him at a career high ATP ranking of number 10.
Tsitsipas is playing his fourth tournament of the month and will be hoping for a quick recovery from a long and intense semi-final against Frenchman Gael Monfils. Tsitsipas won in the final set tiebreak in what was a battle of high quality tennis.
With a strong serve, a powerful all round game, and not hesitating to come to the net, Tsitsipas knows what it takes to rattle the Swiss legend. Federer has not managed to break the Tsitsipas serve in their two meetings so far, at the Hopman Cup and the Australian Open.
Roger Federer v Stefanos Tsitsipas Tips & Predictions
There is a lot at stake in this title match; Federer looking to avenge the Australian Open loss, as well as win his 100th ATP title, and Tsitsipas, now in the top 10 of the ATP rankings, looking to solidify himself as the one to watch out for in the next generation. A close battle on the cards, with the leaders of their own generations, with similar playing styles, looking to stamp their authority on this match-up. Expect Federer to win in three sets.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 8/5 (Betway)
You can watch & bet on Roger Federer v Stefanos Tsitsipas on Saturday, March 2 here . The match is scheduled for 4 am BST (next day).