Former world number one Roger Federer was in a confident mood ahead of his clash against German Benjamin Becker in the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Championships.

The Swiss star will be looking to win a sixth title in 11 years on Dubai soil, with his last success coming in 2012 when he beat British number one Andy Murray in the final.

And speaking to the official ATP Tour website, the world number eight talked up his chances of adding yet another title to his collection.

“Physically, I’m really fit, which is very encouraging,” said Federer. “I must say, I’m feeling very confident about how I’m feeling.

“I can run for every ball. I’m waking up in the morning with no pain. I think this as good as I’ve felt in probably a year. Now I just have to stay injury free.”

On how he could fare in possible encounters against the likes of Novak Djokovic, Martin Del Potro, Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the latter rounds of the tournament, Federer adopted a more cautious stance.

“It’s going to be tough,” he conceded. “I think Berdych is playing really well. Jo-Wilfried is always very dangerous. Clearly the favourite for me is Novak.

“He had a great end to last year and has had a solid start to this year. For me, the victor will have to come through him.”

Federer will use the Dubai showpiece as part of his preparations for the French Open which starts in May, having won the tournament just once back in 2009.

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