Federer eyes century mark

02 March 2019 04:58:28 EST

Roger Federer will face the man who beat him at the Australian Open in January, Stefanos Tsitsipas, in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

The Swiss star is 2/7 to win the tournament, which would represent the 100th tour-level crown of his career, after thrashing Borna Coric 6-2 6-2 in the semi-finals.

Federer has won the Dubai tournament seven times before but is not complacent about defeating Tsitsipas in this year's final.

"I was really happy with my play today," said Federer. "In terms of feeling, [this match] was definitely by far the best one [this week], so that was good. I'm sure Borna was feeling it a little bit from his past few matches.

"[Stefanos] showed me at the Australian Open, how hard he is [to play]. I hope I'm going to play well... We're still far from [reaching 100 titles], it seems. I'm just going to try to focus and play good tennis.

"I think it was important to mix it up, be solid, not give him too many chances and keep showing him it's going to be really difficult for him to win. At the end, I actually played really good. I'm very pleased."

Tsitsipas reached the final by beating Gael Monfils 4-6 7-6 7-6 in a fluctuating last-four encounter. The Greek player is 11/4 to get the better of Federer.

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