Federer had no discomfort in seeing off the World No.79 Somdev Devvarman in just 75 minutes. Federer beat him in two straight sets and the score read 6-3 6-3.
Devvarman, who was given a wild card entry in to the tournament, found ample support from the large expatriate Indian community in Dubai. But then even the hugely partisan crowd could not deter Federer from winning the match comprehensively. Even though the fans rooted for Somdev, at the end of the match they also showed their affection for Federer by booing a question about his diminishing aura.
Federer who was beaten by Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open, which was his last match prior to the tournament, showed signs of rustiness as he made more than 30 unforced errors. But then he also produced moments of brilliance that assured that his best is far from being over.
Federer is now scheduled to play Marcel Granollers of Spain. In his first round match the Spaniard saw off Dmitry Tursunov.