Roger Federer dispatched German Benjamin Becker in straight sets 6-1 6-4 today with no problems, progressing through to the second round of the Dubai Championships.

Before the game, Federer was extremely confident of going far in the tournament.

Federer told reporters: "Physically, I’m really fit, which is very encouraging, 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.”

Federer, now ranked eighth in the world has never dropped a set in four previous meetings with Becker, and is looking to win the trophy for the sixth time.

Novak Djokovic is the defending champion of the tournament, winning the tournament in 2013.

The former world number one has been victorious in the Dubai Championships in the years 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and most recently in 2012.

The multiple Grand Slam champion dominated the first set, taking just 22 minutes to race through the set and leave Becker an uphill task.

The world  No.90 responded well, challenging the seven-time Wimbledon winner by taking more of a gamble in crucial points.

It was not enough though, as Federer closed out the match on his own service game, having to come through two deuce games in the final moments of the match.

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