Dubai Open: Roger Federer survives scare against Radek Stepanek to move into quarterfinals

Roger Federer will now take on Lukas Rosol, conqueror of Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon two years ago, in the quarter-finals.

updated: February 27, 2014 17:14 IST
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Dubai: Former men's world number one Roger Federer had to dig deep to progress to the quarter-finals of the Dubai Open on Wednesday eventually beating fellow veteran Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-7 (4/7) 6-3 in their second round clash.

The 32-year-old Grand Slam record-holder -- who has won the Dubai title a record five times -- struggled for long periods against a 35-year-old who is barely a full-timer on the ATP Tour these days.

Federer was four times within a point of going 0-3 down in the final set, any one of which could have inspired the talented and unpredictable Czech to close out the game.

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