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Federer looking and feeling good

Grand Slam record-holder Roger Federer began what he hopes will be a revival of his fortunes by racing into the second round of the Dubai Open yesterday morning (Singapore time).

In the process, the world No. 8 displayed some carefree hitting, lively footwork and an air of authority which evoked his greatest days.

Beating Benjamin Becker, the German once ranked in the a top 40, 6-1, 6-4 was some way from suggesting these might return, but Federer did look pleasingly upbeat and confident as he dispatched a competent middle-range opponent in only 62 minutes.

The 32-year-old Swiss said: "It's a matter of staying healthy, staying consistent, getting to semi-finals and finals consistently and giving myself opportunities. I feel I am in good enough shape."

- AFP.