Federer pushed to the limit by Stepanek

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DUBAI: Former men’s world number one Roger Federer had to dig deep to progress to the quarterfinals 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.

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