28 Feb 2013

Federer into Dubai quarter-finals

10:59 am on 28 February 2013

Roger Federer put in a more Roger Federer-type performance to book his place in the quarter-finals of the Dubai tennis championship.

After struggling in his first round match, the Swiss great dismissed Spain's Marcel Granollers 6-3 6-4.

The 31-year-old, 17-time grand slam winner, who is seeking a first title of the year and a sixth Dubai crown, was relentless, regularly opting for serve-and-volley tactics.

Federer next plays Russian veteran Nikolay Davydenko, a player he has an 18-2 winning record against.