Roger Federer rolled Monday in his first match since winning the Australian Open. The Swiss dominated an ailing Benoit Paire 6-1, 6-3 in the first round at Dubai.
“It’s a fast court. He’s a big shot maker, so that always lends itself to, you know, being dangerous as it is,” said Federer who never dropped serve.
“I think I did well, and by the time maybe he got more comfortable, he was already down a set and a break. From then always it’s a long way back, but if, you know, maybe if he does get a break, the pain sort of goes away at least mentally for a second, you never know.”
Federer is a 7-time champion of Dubai, a city which also serves as his second home.
“I like it that it’s safe,” Federer said of Dubai. “The weather is always nice. Well, this was not so bad the last few days for you where you’re from.
“I think it’s nice restaurants, nice beach. There is stuff to do, you know, that I enjoy. Plus it’s in a good location for all of Asia and Australia. It’s on the way there.”
Federer will next meet Mikhail Youzhny or qualifier Evgeny Donskoy.
Gael Monfils, Roberto Bautista Agut and Philipp Kohlschreiber were also winners.
Today, World No. 1 Andy Murray takes on Malek Jaziri. Tomas Berdych is also in action against Lucas Rosol.
Defending champion Stan Wawrinka was upset by Damir Dzumhur 7-6(4), 6-3.
TUESDAY DUBAI SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
D. Dzumhur (BIH) vs  S. Wawrinka (SUI)
Not Before 4:00 pm
A. Pavlasek (CZE) vs  L. Pouille (FRA)
Not Before 7:00 pm
 A. Murray (GBR) vs M. Jaziri (TUN)
 T. Berdych (CZE) vs [Q] L. Rosol (CZE)
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