Archive for February 24, 2013
Anyone who thought that Roger Federer’s more limited playing schedule this year was a sign of the great man slowing down should have known better. The 31-year-old Swiss, who plays his first match in the Dubai Duty Free Championships tonight against Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri, said yesterday that part of his thinking in having a less busy season in 2013 was to ensure that he will be in the best possible shape next year.
Petra Kvitova is hoping she has put second-season syndrome behind her and can look forward with confidence after winning her first title for more than six months. The 22-year-old Czech played some of her best tennis since claiming the 2011 Wimbledon title to win the Dubai Duty Free Championships here on Saturday night, beating Italy’s Sara Errani 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 in the final.