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Federer to defend his Dubai Duty Free title

Posted: Feb. 27th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Federer plays
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World Famous athlete Rodger Federer will be competing again this year in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Federer has already tasted victory here before five times. He has additionally won the Grand Slam 17 different times. He says that he feels somewhat pressured as the defending champion.

Dubai: Defending champion Roger Federer will be bidding for his sixth Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship crown when he returns to action in the emirate later this month.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner, 31, is till a fearsome competitor and is feeling confident ahead of his title defence.

“I’ve just got to be really focused and be confident in my own play and I hope to start well,” Federer vowed.

“I love playing in Dubai for many reasons. I’ve had an incredible run over the years now and I’m really happy to be coming back this year.

“In a way you feel pressure [as defending champion] but you’re also extremely happy and honoured to be back to get the opportunity to defend your title. But you know if you lose in the first round, 500 [ranking] points are gone. So you want to make sure you start the tournament well.


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