Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball to Fernando Verdasco of Italy during the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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Federer's stunning sequence began after Verdasco had held serve with the help of a startling badminton-style jump smash, concluding the game with an inside out forehand drive which was untouchable.It took the 33-year-old less than a quarter of an hour to complete the turnaround, which was continued by an immediate break of serve in the second set, and during which he charged forward like an old-time Wimbledon grass court player.The other leading contender, Novak Djokovic, the world No. 1 from Serbia, will also face an unseeded player after overwhelming Andrey Golubev, a Kazak ranked outside the top 100, by 6-1, 6-2 .Earlier Andy Murray won 6-0, 6-2 against Joao Sousa, the world No. 50 from Portugal, his most emphatic result against a top 50 player for almost six years.
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