Roger Federer survives scare at Dubai Championships

Roger Federer

Roger Federer recovered from a set down to beat wildcard Malek Jaziri in the first round of the Dubai Championships.

The Swiss, who has won 17 majors, surprisingly lost the first set to the Tunisian, ranked 128 in the world.

However, the 31-year-old rediscovered his form to take the next before going on to seal a 5-7 6-0 6-2 victory.

Federer, who plans to take a two-month break from mid-March, now faces the winner of the match between Albert Montanes and Marcel Granollers.

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