Federer advances in Dubai

2 Roger Federer advanced today into the quarterfinals of the Dubai Open with a straight set victory over Spain’s M. Granollers, 6 – 3, 6 -4.  Still sporting the snazzy tennis shoes with the bright pink laces, Roger looked much sharper and crisper today than in his opening match.  His first serve percentage improved to 60% (from 55%).  Still needs to be higher to compete with the likes of Djokovic.  Fed will play Davydenko in the quarters, his 8the quarterfinal appearance at this tournament.

In other tennis news, rumor is Rafael Nadal has hinted that he might skip Indian Wells to protect his fragile knees with the clay court season looming, especially the French Open which he has won seven times.  The Paribas Open at Indian Wells is a hard court event and Rafa has spoken out about the number of tournaments on hard courts and the problems it creates for the players and their bodies.  In all fairness, Rafa’s style of play is likely the biggest contributing factor to his knee problems but still would hate to see him not compete at Indian Wells.  Was looking forward to all of the big four reconvening at this event in early March.  Hope it will still happen!

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