The World No.8 played against Becker with relative ease in the first set. The Swiss scored five aces in the encounter which lasted over one hour and 10 minutes Monday, reports Xinhua.
Becker hit one ace and improved his game considerably in the second set. Nevertheless, Federer’s speed and power play was a class too high for the German.
“I am very happy with my performance today. I like the court in Dubai, the atmosphere here, that’s why I try to play the tournament every year,” said the 32-year old Federer, who has won 17 Grand Slams in his career.