Nishikori off to winning start in Dubai as seeds continue to tumble

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There were no problems for top seed Kei Nishikori, who defeated Benoit Paire 6-4 6-3, but Danill Medvedev was another seed to fall.

Roger Federer has continued his exceptional record at ATP Dubai by winning his previous match in 3 sets against Fernando Verdasco.

The Lithuanian qualifier will face Frenchman Gael Monfils who eased past Marcos Baghdatis 6-3 6-2.

Twenty-time Grand Slam victor Federer said he was "living on the edge" after a hard-fought last 16 victory at the Aviation Club which handed him his 50th win at the tournament.

"It's a big number", the 37-year-old Federer said.

"Anyways, I'm glad I got through that". "Let's put it that way", added Federer, who will play Marton Fucsovics after the Hungarian's 6-4, 6-2 win over Jan-Lennard Struff.

Roger Federer moved to within three wins of his 100th career title on Wednesday after beating Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to move into the Dubai Championship quarter-finals.

Federer will play Borna Coric or Nikoloz Basilashvili in the last four. I was also returning quite well. 'He's improved. He likes the fast surfaces.

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If Federer wins an eighth title in Dubai he will become just the second player to win 100 singles titles after American Jimmy Connors, who won 109.

"I'm happy that I was the first to find some solutions", said Tsitsipas, who suffered from jet lag after arriving at 0200 local time on Tuesday. 'It gives me huge confidence. "I'm going to try to keep going forward".

The world number six, making his debut in Dubai, saved seven break points in the first set before taking full advantage of Paire's troublesome right knee and prevailing in 81 minutes.

"The key to the first set was the (eight-minute) long (third) game in the first set".

'He played well today, ' Nishikori said. I had to serve good. It was a very solid display by Fucsovics as he won 72% of his first serve points which allowed him to win all of his service games. I'm happy I had it today.

Rising Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas, title-winner in Marseille at the weekend, opened his campaign with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Australian Matthew Ebden.

The 32-year-old will play Ricardas Berankis, a victor over Denis Kudla 6-4, 6-1, on Thursday for a place in the semi-finals.

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