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Roger Federer wins opener in Dubai

Updated: February 24, 2014, 12:51 PM ET
Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Roger Federer began his campaign for a record sixth Dubai Championships title with a 6-1, 6-4, win over Benjamin Becker of Germany on Monday.

"I'm extremely happy with today's match," Federer said. "Coming out and playing free tennis like that right off the bat is a good feeling."

The eighth-ranked Federer has never dropped a set to the 93rd-ranked Becker in four matches.

Federer and top-seeded Novak Djokovic, who will play his first match on Tuesday, ...

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