Roger Federer rallied past Tunisian wild card Malek Jaziri 5-7, 6-0, 6-2 Tuesday to reach the second round of the Dubai Championships.
The second-ranked Federer is looking for his sixth title in Dubai. He next faces Albert Montanes or Marcel Granollers.
Federer was playing the 128th-ranked Jaziri for the first time and had said he expected a "tricky" match. The Swiss star was proved right in the first set when Jaziri broke serve to go up 6-5 and closed it with a backhand down the line.
Federer, however, dominated after that. He raced through the second set in 23 minutes and broke Malek twice in the third set.