Roger Federer skips upcoming Dubai Tennis Championships; set to attend Laureus Awards in Monte Carlo
Roger Federer will not take up a wildcard invitation to next week's Dubai Championships, the event's tournament director confirmed on Friday, with the new world number one opting for an awards ceremony in Monte Carlo instead.
Dubai Tennis Championships: Defending champion Elina Svitolina beats Angelique Kerber to set up final against Daria Kasatkina
Elina Svitolina beat Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-3 on Friday to set up a Dubai Championships title defence against Daria Kasatkina.
Dubai Tennis Championships: Angelique Kerber cruises past Karolina Pliskova; Garbine Muguruza reaches semi-finals
Garbine Muguruza reached the Dubai Championships semi-finals with a 7-5, 6-2 defeat of Caroline Garcia, while Angelique Kerber set up a last-four clash with Elina Svitolina.
Dubai Tennis Championships: World No 3 Garbine Muguruza sets sights on reclaiming top spot in WTA rankings
After holding the number one ranking for a month last autumn, Dubai Championships second seed Garbine Muguruza remains keen for another taste of life at the top of the WTA.
The last title Paes won on the ATP World Tour was in 2015 when he triumphed at Auckland with South African Raven Klaasen.
The match, the 37th in their rivalry which Federer now leads 20-17, proved to be a tale of chances taken and chances missed.
Roger Federer won a record sixth Dubai Championships - and 78th career title - by beating Tomas Berdych 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the final on Saturday.