Dubai - Four-time champion Roger Federer reached the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships by beating Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday.
Federer dominated the opening set and went up early in the second before the 53rd-ranked Granollers narrowed the gap to 5-4.
The second-ranked Swiss star then hit several forehand winners and sealed the win when Granollers hit a return long.
Federer now plays Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine.
Second Round Results:
Roger Federer (SUIx1) bt Marcel Granollers (ESP) 6-3, 6-4
Novak Djokovic (SRB x2) bt Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
Gilles Simon (FRA) bt Lukas Rosol (CZE) 6-2, 6-3
Richard Gasquet (FRA) bt Sergei Bubka (UKR) 6-2, 7-5
Florian Mayer (GER) bt Andrey Golubev (KAZ) 6-3, 6-4
Tomas Berdych (CZE x3) bt Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) 6-3, 7-6 (7/5)
Philipp Petzschner (GER) bt Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 6-0, 4-6, 6-2
Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) bt Ernests Gulbis (LAT x8) 6-3, 5-7, 6-1